A 21-YEAR-OLD student whose partner was helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust has raised hundreds of pounds for the charity by having her head shaved.

Ceri Beecham of Cold Blow decided to raise money and awareness for the Trust because of the support it gave to her partner Zac.

Zac, aged 22 - who had the task of wielding the shaver - had been treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the Trust's ward in Cardiff, and was happily given the all-clear last September.

The Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the chance of survival for young cancer patients aged 13 to 23, and is one of the charities being supported by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club at the Welsh Dragon Boat Championships at Llysyfran on May 24.

Ceri’s dad, Terry, is a member of the Rotary Club and he and fellow Rotarians looked on as Ceri underwent her headshave on April 1.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking, and a big commitment, but worth it for the amount of money I have raised,” said Ceri, who is completing a degree in criminal justice at Swansea University. “The charity does a great many things, but most importantly to me, they have helped people that I care about.

“As well as Zac, who was my best friend for 10 years before we got together, I also had a childhood friend who was helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“I was only aiming to raise £200, but thanks to people’s generosity and the support of the Rotarians, my total is now up to £573.50.

Ceri is now getting used to her new hairstyle, and said: “It’s certainly different - I’m just glad that the weather has warmed up!”

To make donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust, go to www.justgiving.com/Ceri-Beecham