Squadron Leader’s daughter from Lincolnshire to shave off her hair for charity

9 March 2016 10:38

A woman from Lincolnshire will shave off all her hair this March to raise as much as possible for Blind Veterans UK and St Gemma's Hospice to support their vital work.

On 29 March at the Envvy salon in Sleaford Alice Davies, 20 and from Ruskington, will have her head shaved for charity.

Later this year Alice is taking part in the Blind Veterans UK 100k Yorkshire challenge and she thought this 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 as shaves her head for Blind Veterans UK and St Gemma's Hospice, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AliceDavies.