A mum from Peterborough had her head shaved in a sign of support and sympathy for her young son who will undergo surgery two weeks before Christmas.
Lucy Robertshaw, of Redbridge, Werrington, went along to Head2Head in Cowgate to have most of her hair removed in readiness for when 10 month old Ben will face the same ordeal.
The youngster, who is affectionately known as Bear to his family, has been diagnosed with the rare condition sagittal synostosis,
The only way to correct it is for a major operation on his head and for which he will need to have his hair shaved off.
He will be undergoing delicate surgery on December 4 to remodel his skull to allow his brain and skull to continue to grow normally.
Mrs Robertshaw said: “I had my head shaved along with my son, so that I can also absorb the stares of interest and admiration on our walks and adventures following his surgery.
“I also had a bear paw shaved in my head for our brave son and a star for our wonderful patient daughter, Sophie.
“I will also be raising awareness and money for the Headlines charity, which has already offered our family support. Birmingham Children’s Hospital has also been extremely good in caring for Ben.
The diagnosis was only made a few weeks ago after months of pressuring by Mrs Robertshaw of medical staff to find out what was wrong with her son.
She added: “We have been overwhelmed by the donations from family and friends.”
They have raised £1,000 so far for Headlines.
To support the family visit www.justgiving.com/Lucy-Robertshaw.