A NEWCASTLE Emlyn waitress will mark her 50th birthday by losing her blond locks to raise money for a diabetes charity, helped by the local mayor.

At the 'Brave the Shave' evening on Saturday, January 26 at Newcastle Emlyn’s Coopers Arms, Yvonne Lloyd’s shoulder-length blond hair will hit the deck as it is shaved off by hairdresser Pamela Atterbury to raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru.

Newcastle Emlyn Mayor Cllr Cefin Evans will make the first cut.

Yvonne, a waitress at Ty Croeso Delicatessen in town, said: “My son Tristan, now 25, developed Type 1 diabetes when he was at university. However well managed, it is a life-changing condition which you can never forget.

“He was diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by extremely high blood sugar.

“It can be fatal if not treated immediately. He was in hospital for four days and now relies on four insulin injections a day.

“I’m having my head shaved, not just to raise money, but also to educate people. There are a lot of myths about diabetes and how it can affect your life.”

You can support Yvonne by signing one of the sponsor forms at the Coopers Arms and Ty Croeso or on line at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yvonne-lloyd2

The hair cut will start at 8.30 pm at the Coopers Arms on Station Road in Newcastle Emlyn. Entry costs £5 and doors open at 7pm.

Music will be provided by local band Back Tracks and raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses. There will also be a buffet. All are welcome.