Mum’s the word as Verity plans to raise cancer cash

Mum Verity Oliver with sons Alex (left) and Connor
Mum Verity Oliver with sons Alex (left) and Connor

Like most mums, Verity Oliver readily admits she would do anything for her sons - including sporting a new mohican style hairdo.

This weekend, the 39-year-old - who lives in Horsington - will have most of her flowing red hair completely shaved off.

Any that is left will be transformed into a mohican...spikes and all.

However, there’s good reason for Verity’s very own hair-raising experience.

She is looking to raise as much money as possible for the medical centre that is treating her teenage son for cancer.

Connor Creasey, aged 17 - he’s 18 next month - has been fighting the disease for many years,

He started the latest in a long line of chemotherapy treatment earlier this week.

Connor is on the register at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Verity has nothing but praise for the facility - and it’s staff - and is keen to raise funds was a way of saying thank-you.

She said: “It’s not going to be easy having most of my hair shaved off.

“My hair is pretty much my pride and joy but I want to do something for everyone who has done so much to help Connor.

“He’s been fighting cancer since he was 11 and I think he’s an inspiration.”

Although still at school - he’s in the sixth form at Branston Community Academy - Connor regularly talks to other sufferers, offering support and advice.

Verity adds: “He’s been doing that since he was 12 or 13 and that’s why he’s my inspiration.”

Verity won’t be alone in Saturday’s head shave at the Elder Tree public house in Horsington (7pm).

She will be joined by her brother Tudor Oliver (34) and long-time family friend Steve Blow.

She added: “Connor and his younger brother Alex (14) will probably first in line with the shaver.

“Alex also fancies a mohican, although I’m not too sure how that would go down with the head at Banovallum School!”

*Verity will be donating her funds to the University of Nottingham Children’s Brain Research Centre - and her hair to the Little Princess Trust. She is in the process of setting up a Facebook page for donations.