FOR many people, the idea of shaving their heads once is unthinkable – but one Burton pensioner is getting ready to do it for the second time around.
Pat Smyth is planning to shed her shoulder-length brown locks on Bank Holiday Monday in a bid to raise ‘as much as is humanly possible’ for Guide Dogs, which she believes does vital work for people with sight problems.
The 65-year-old previously shaved her head to support cancer charities, when her late husband John was receiving treatment for the condition.
She told the Mail: “We shared the same birthday and did everything together. I thought we may as well be bald together, so when he was half way through his treatment I shaved it off for cancer support.
“I think he would be proud of me doing it again. He used to call me his nutty Patty.”
Mr Smyth died in 2006 when the couple were living in Spain. He was had been diagnosed with the condition 18 months before and had been receiving treatment during that time.
Mrs Smyth said it was her experiences after his death which led her to want to support Guide Dogs.
“I have been a prisoner in my own home in Spain through fear when I lost my husband, but you can’t imagine what it’s like for some blind people – it’s devastating. These dogs are such an expensive piece of equipment, but they are a lifeline for some people.
“The charities doesn’t receive any subsidies at all, and I think what they do is amazing,” she said.
Mrs Smyth, of Broadway Street, Burton, had applied to the charity to be a puppy walker, but was unsuccessful in her application.
She will be losing her locks at Burton’s Pets at Home store on Monday, August 26, at 2pm.
She is hoping the hair which is shaved off could be donated to a wig maker.
“I can’t wait, to be honest,” she said. “I won’t have to fork out for a hairdresser for months. It’s wonderful. More people should try it.”