A LADY from burton has had her hair shaved off as part of a fund-raising campaign to raise £1,000 for cancer research.
Patricia Dennis, 64, of Lichfield Road, decided to ‘get the chop’ for her sister who has breast cancer.
She said: “I very often do things for charity, but when i found out my sister had been diagnosed with cancer, i thought it was time to do something for Cancer Research.”
Patricia chose to have her head shaved to represent all the people who have cancer who lose their hair during their chemotherapy.
Patricia is determined that she will raise her £1,000 target.
“I’m not someone who will give up on something.
“The work that Cancer Research do is marvellous and deserves it.
“I won’t stop until i’ve raised at least the £1,000.
Patricia also works as a Teaching Assistant at Rykneld Country Primary School, where the children and staff all approve of her new look.
“Everybody keeps saying i should dye it blue or green, and all the children keep asking me if they can touch my head, it’s quite funny.”
The school is also helping Patricia to reach her £1,000 fund-raising target by hosting a World Cup themed non-uniform day, where each child will donate £1 to the charity to come in to school in their favourite football shirts.
When talking about her new look, Patricia said: “It was actually quite a liberating experience.
“To be honest I don’t mind it, and according to the my friends i have a nicely shaped shaved head - Some people even say it suits me.
“It might seem like a big deal to a lot of people but i don’t think it is in the grand scheme of things when it comes to cancer.
“Unlike many women, like my sister who are unfortunately fighting against cancer, i chose to have my hair cut off - they didn’t have a choice.
“I’m not claiming that i know what it’s like to have cancer.
“I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose your hair.
“I hope my sister will get some comfort out of what I’ve done.”
Patricia is currently organising other means to help raise the money for Cancer Research over the next few weeks.
She has also set up a Just Giving website for people to donate to her cause by going to justgiving.com/patricia-dennis.
On her page she wrote: “This charity is close to my heart with so many members of my family being affected by different forms of cancer and whilst I could have run a marathon, I felt this was a much ‘balder’ way of showing support to my sister.