A Banbury woman has launched a ‘Shed the dreads’ fundraising campaign to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis UK charity in memory of her grandmother.
Faye Holloway lost her dreadlocks to raise money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK, which offers information, support and research for people affected by Crohn’s & Colitis.
She said: “My grandmother, Beryl Holloway, suffered greatly throughout her life with her Crohn’s diagnosis which ultimately cost her her life. It’s something that runs in our family, myself having been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 17. I was extremely ill for 12 months before finally being listened to and referred to a gastroenterologist.
“I was sick and lost my appetite. Sometimes I didn’t even have the energy to climb the stairs. Twenty-four years later, I now have total pancolitis, which means that all my large intestine is now affected My medication is working for me right now.
“Please help me raise much needed funds for research and patient care.”
Faye has been removing her dreadlocks lock by lock over the past month. She also has a collector’s box at the Mill Arts Center bar in Banbury town centre.
She added: “It’s a big undertaking for me. I’ve had my dreadlocks for nine years now. They’ve been an integral part of me and my identity, but it’s time for a change.