Hair today, gone tomorrow – Woman shaves head for charity
4 April 2016 09:44
A woman from Lincolnshire shaved off her hair last Tuesday (29/3) to raise as much as possible for Blind Veterans UK and St Gemma's Hospice supporting their vital work.
Alice Davies, 20 and from Ruskington, saw her locks go at Envvy salon in Sleaford while supported by her family and boyfriend in an effort to raise money for the two charities. So far Alice has raised more than £300.
Alice says: "I felt fine before Tuesday but when the time came I felt incredibly nervous. The hairdresser is a friend of my sister so I knew I was in safe hands with her doing it.
"There have been lots of positive comments so far which is good too and I hope to reach my fundraising goal as a result."
Later this year Alice is taking part in the Blind Veterans UK 100k Yorkshire challenge and she thought her hair raising experience would be a great way to raise money for the charity that supports vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Alice's father has been in the Royal Air Force since before she was born. He is now a Squadron Leader and served in former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, Alice feels very strongly about raising money for a military charity.
Alice says: "I feel it's important to give back to the veterans who have served our country."
Alice is currently studying at the University of Leeds to become a nurse and as part of her studies she had an eight week placement at the end of her first year with St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. There she worked alongside the nurses caring for the inpatients on one of the wards.
Alice says: "I think both charities fit well together and are incredibly important. They both focus on care and support, Blind Veterans UK for our ex-Service men and women and St Gemma's Hospice for those facing terminal illness."
Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity's initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.
To support Alice's headshave for Blind Veterans UK and St Gemma's Hospice, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AliceDavies.