A VILLAGE landlady is planning to shave her locks during lock down in support of friends working on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus. Lisa Cowell, landlady at the Bagot Arms in Abbots Bromley, has already gathered more than £1,000 in donations ahead of the stunt which will take place on Sunday, May 3.
All donations will be given to the Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.
Lisa, 51, said: “Everyone has been walking past the pub – a lot of the blokes – with a ‘lock down’ haircut and the last time I had my hair done was in December so I just thought ‘why can’t I do that?’ “I just put it out there on Facebook and it went mental, so I thought I’d do this and raise money for the NHS. I’ve got friends who work in the NHS and are key workers, they are working so hard and under such pressure just now. I decided I’d go for the full head shave. My husband, Dave, wasn’t very keen at first, but he said if I could make it to £500 he’d live with it. “We set up a fund-raising page and it’s now at £1,150.
“I thought of the people who have died, including the doctors and nurses – it’s just horrendous. I want to support our NHS, which we should be supporting at any time, but particularly now when they are facing this. I also just wanted to put it out there that we need to keep our distance and protect the NHS.”
Lisa will sit outside the Bagot Arms at 6pm on Sunday, May 3 while her son, James Shaw, cuts off her hair and then shaves her head. Husband Dave will be live streaming the event on the pub’s Facebook page.
Lisa added: “People have been so brilliant donating online or putting cash through our letterbox. I just want to thank everyone who has donated – I want to raise as much money as possible for the NHS and every donation is very much appreciated.”
Former landlady at The Goat’s Head in Abbots Bromley, Mary Sherratt said: “Lisa is a brilliant landlady and is always doing things for the community. I’ve known Lisa since she was at school and she always tries to do things for people – she has a good heart. She organises kids’ parties and community events throughout the year at the pub and I think she’s very brave to shave all her hair off. I couldn’t do it! She deserves plenty of support.”
To support Lisa’s lock down locks shaved off, click here.
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