Fans cheer for Peterborough woman after hair shave at Posh match

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Half-time entertainment was taken to a different level when a brave woman had all her hair shaved off in front of 7,000 football fans.

Posh supporters had little to cheer about last Saturday, but they showed their approval for fundraiser Kerry Asplin (46) who saw her long locks disappear whilst sat pitchside at the ABAX stadium in London Road.

Brain Tumour Research fundraiser Kerry Asplin having her head shaved during half-time at the Posh v Coventry game EMN-150329-202024009

Brain Tumour Research fundraiser Kerry Asplin having her head shaved during half-time at the Posh v Coventry game EMN-150329-202024009

Kerry, from Glastonbury Close, Eye, is raising money for Brain Tumour Research.

She lost her mum three years ago after she suddenly contracted the condition, as well as her grandad 20 years ago.

The mother of three believes it will take 18 months for her hair to grow back but will not be resorting a hat or wig whilst she waits.

Kerry said: “I’m getting used to the short hair. I keep seeing reflections of myself in the mirror.

It was a little bit surreal. I think I zoned out.

Kerry Asplin

“Having my hair shaved was scary but I was more concerned by being in front of those people.

“I had about two sleepless nights in the run-up but I think the hairdresser was more nervous than me.

“I could not actually see what was happening. It was a little bit surreal. I think I zoned out.

“My dad and brother were in the crowd. I saw my dad’s face and thought I was going to cry.”

Brain Tumour Research fundraiser     Kerry Asplin  having her head shaved during half time at the Posh v Coventry game EMN-150329-201957009

Brain Tumour Research fundraiser Kerry Asplin having her head shaved during half time at the Posh v Coventry game EMN-150329-201957009

Despite her ordeal, Kerry has so far raised £3,000 for the charity, three times more than she was expecting.

And she admits there are some benefits to having much shorter hair.

Kerry said: “I’ll have fun with some funky styles but I do keep feeling my hair now.

“Since the shave I’ve popped out to the shops and gone to a restaurant. I’m bald and proud!

Brain Tumour Research fundraisers  Jane Markham, Karen  Roofe,  Kerry Asplin, Katie Friel and Alison Asplin EMN-150329-201856009

Brain Tumour Research fundraisers Jane Markham, Karen Roofe, Kerry Asplin, Katie Friel and Alison Asplin EMN-150329-201856009

“My dog keeps looking at me to say ‘mummy looks strange’.”

Kerry’s head shave took place during Posh’s 1-0 home defeat to Coventry City after she had contacted the club through a friend.

The idea for the shave came from seeing a friend go through cancer.

Once Kerry’s hair was removed during the 15 minute break between halves the crowd gave her a big cheer, before she was then able to watch the match with a drink in the director’s box.

Bucket shakers around the ground also helped to raise £1,300 on the day.

Kerry’s mother died from a tumour just a month after being diagnosed and only a couple of months after starting to feel tired and ill.

Kerry added: “It was a fast-growing tumour. It was so quick and just shows you that you do not know what life has around the corner.

“Mum was a nurse and was such a loving and caring person. She would do anything for anyone.”

Lauren Ryan, regional fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are saddened that Kerry lost both her mum and her drandad to brain tumours.

“This devastating disease kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to brain tumours.

“We are so grateful to Kerry for the amazing amount raised already, and her bravery in having her head shaved in this way is inspiring!

“Her event will help to raise awareness for brain tumours, which are becoming more prevalent unlike most other cancers.

“Thank you Kerry – together we will find a cure.”To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Kerry-Bassi/.