A close shave

Rose Hodgson

Rose’s hair-brained scheme for St Luke’s Hospice

PCH resident Rose Hodgson shaved all her hair off to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice and donated her hair to a children’s charity. Rose, a Housing with Support resident from Southway, went under the clippers after her friend, John, passed away with cancer, as well as to support a neighbour and close friend who was also suffering from a terminal illness.

She raised £750 for St Luke’s and donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss. Rose said: “I wanted to do something that would raise money for St Luke’s Hospice, who were really supportive of my friend John and showed him real care and attention.

“I wanted to do something that everyone could get behind and support in memory of my friends and in solidarity for those who are suffering and have lost their hair through treatment for their illness.”

All of the neighbours from the Housing with Support scheme gathered in the communal room to support Rose, who had put on a spread and collected raffle prizes from her generous neighbours, Wendy, Val, Maureen and Jean.

Amy Stevens, a mobile hairdresser from Hair by Amy, started by plaiting Rose’s hair into six long plaits so that they could be easily sent off to the Little Princess Trust. After that, Amy shaved Rose’s head as closely as possible, finishing it off with a razor to make Rose, in her own words, ‘as smooth as a baby’s bum!’

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