Headshave in memory of son

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A mum had her hair shaved off to raise charity cash in memory of her baby son.

Sophie Charlesworth, 25, from Upton and her partner James Reynolds , 28, lost their son Jake to Group B Strep bacterial infection when he was just 15 hours old, on Mother’s Day 2011.

Miss Charlesworth said: “Your whole life falls apart when your child dies.

“We found out afterwards that something as simple as antibiotics could have saved him.

“There was no support available for us which is when I looked online and found Group B Strep Support Charity.

“They had the answers we needed. They gave us loads of support.”

Miss Charlesworth, who is also mum to Owen, six, and Amaylece, one, decided to help raise awareness and funds for the charity through a disco and sponsored headshave at The Gantry Pub, in Upton, earlier this month.

She said: “It was fantastic and there was an excellent turnout, everyone was really emotional.

“It felt good to have my hair shaved off and raise money for the charity.

“Leeds Rhinos players also came to support the event.”

The night raised more than £4,500 for the charity.

One in four people have Group B Strep, a normal bacterium which can occasionally cause an infection, most commonly in newborn babies.

To donate visit www.gbss.org.uk/fundraiser/index.php?id=SophieCharlesworth