Mother and son to shave heads for charity at gala

Emily Wilson and her son Charlie

Emily Wilson and her son Charlie

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A mother and son are raising money for charity by getting their heads shaved together on the main stage at the Portlethen Gala.

Emily Wilson and her six-year-old son Charlie are doing the challenge to raise funds for charities CuddleCot and SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity).

It is the latest in a string of events they have done to raise money for the cause.

Among the other feats have been a 5k sponsored ‘wheel-it’ by Charlie and his friends as well as Emily and Charlie taking part in the ‘Orange for Sands’ challenge to raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal deaths.

The family’s reason for the good work comes from a personal tragedy.

“This is all being done in memory of my daughter Pippa, who was born sleeping last year,” Emily said. “I couldn’t have coped without SANDS.

“Pippa was cremated and her ashes are at the SANDS memorial garden. They provide so much support for families in this situation. For me, one of the hardest things was explaining to Charlie why his sister wasn’t coming home.”

Emily shared her tragedy with another mother, Sarah, who lost her daughter Flynn on the same day. They set up Perfect Angels and the page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Perfect-Angels for donations.

About getting her head shaved, Emily said: “I’m really nervous, I don’t like being in the limelight.”