A BRAVE woman from Ayr is shaving her head to raise money for sick children.

Victoria Haldin is giving up her luscious locks for two charities close to her heart - Crosshouse Children's Fund and the Kincaidston Community Centre - who have supported her caring for her autistic son.

She will brave the shave when she arrives at the Kincaidston Community Fun Day on July 14.

Victoria said: "These two causes mean a great deal to myself and everyone who had benefited from the great work they do. As a parent, I am forever grateful for the hard work provided by Crosshouse Children's Fund, helping all children within the hospital's care - be it the maternity ward, neonatal or children's ward.

"As parents, we never know at what point in life we might need to use their services which makes a child's stay in hospital that little bit nicer.

"Some are lucky to pass through quickly but some are there on a regular basis and it becomes their home from home. If I can raise just enough to put a smile on just one child's face while they're having a hard time it'll be worth it."

Victoria's generous act will also be in aid of Kincaidston Community Centre which has provided fantastic support for her son who suffers from autism. The centre's welcoming support has been a rock for her bringing up her family.

Victoria added: "Kincaidston Community Centre means a great deal to me as our family, friends and neighbours have had a place where they can meet and be part of this great community where the spirit is phenomenal.

"Without this centre, our community would not be the same. It gives the older generation a place to socialise, for some this is their only interaction with people.

"It supports our young people, holding classes and fundays which keep them entertained and off the streets. It helps make sure the whole community is cared for, doing Christmas bundles for those who are in unfortunate circumstances, regular litter picks to keep our streets clean.

"It gives bundles of support to families with babies and toddlers, allows mothers and fathers to get together and encourages the little ones to grow inside such a strong support network.

"For myself this was a god send, being the mother of an autistic boy who isn't always accepted and understood. He has found his place within this amazing community who have rallied round to make sure he has friends, feels welcome and loved beyond measure, as well as his sister."

As the shave draws closer, Victoria is just happy she is able to make a difference and support two great causes that have helped her. She added: "I want to make sure both of these great causes can continue their amazing work, putting smiles on people's faces and making the world a brighter place for children and the community. Every little helps to ensure these kind acts can be continued."

To sponsor Victoria you can donate on her page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/victoria-haldin