When Ballarat’s four Pickersgill sisters lost their aunt to a seizure a year ago, they did not want her death to be in vain.
So Annabel, 18, and Harriet, 16, will shave their heads on Sunday to raise funds for Epilepsy Australia while younger sisters Bea, 14, and Daisy, 12, will cut off their ponytails.
Annabel said their 41-year-old aunt, Lisa McRae – their father Paul’s sister – died 12 months ago in Canada from Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy (SUDEP), leaving behind her husband and a seven-year-old daughter.
Ms McRae, who married a Canadian and worked in marketing, began having severe seizures when she was in her late teens.
“A few weeks ago, we decided we’d like to raise money to help with epilepsy,” Annabel said.