Two kind-hearted volunteers are planning to have some dramatic new hairstyles to raise money for two causes close to their hearts.
Julie Hammond is set to turn heads with a bright, colourful new hairdo and Trina Gee has made the decision to shave her head on her own terms after battling cervical cancer two years ago.
The sponsored hairdo heroes, who are both members of the Burton Hospitals League of Friends, will be heading to Lucy’s Hair Extensions and Beauty, in Horninglow Street, for a unique new do at 7pm on Thursday, August 24 with tickets being sold for £3.
The dedicated fund-raisers will be splitting the money equally between the league of friends and the oncology department.
Mrs Hammond, 53, who was born with foetal alcohol syndrome, said: "It all started in the coffee shop when our chairman Shelia Jackson said her 75-year-old friend did not want presents for her birthday but to raise money for charity so she dyed her hair different colours.
"I thought this was something I would do but just needed to find stupid enough to want to do it was well and that is where it came from. We try to do one crazy idea a year as last year we did a peddle push.
"We put it on Facebook when we came up with the idea to ask if anyone would be kind enough to sponsor us or give us a discount for getting our hair done and Lucy’s Hair Extensions and Beauty said they would sponsor us and do our hair for free which was nice.
"People look at me all the time anyway as I look different but I would like people to look at me for something different that I chose to do. We would not be brave enough to do this if we didn’t have our volunteers behind us."
Mrs Gee has not had her hair cut since she battled cancer two years ago and lost all of her hair. She wanted to do the challenge but feared there maybe problems with colour taking to her hair as a result of the cancer treatment so decided to shave it all off instead.
The 35-year-old said: "I lost all of my hair two years ago through cancer so this time I have decided to shave it all off because I can and it is my decision. Many people we have spoken to have said they would abseil or jump out of a plane but no-one touches their hair which made me realise how important people’s hair is to them.
"I am a bit nervous but excited about it. Hair grows back quickly but it is only hair at the end of the day."
It other good news for the Burton Hospitals League of Friends, they have also be chosen as the Sainsbury’s, in Union Street, Burton, chosen charity of the year.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the two women and their hairy challenge can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julie-hammond2003
Other events by the Burton Hospitals League of Friends
The Burton Hospitals League of Friends is also hosting a fund-raising evening at Apne Indian Cuisine, in Cross Street, Burton, on Monday, September 11 to raise money for the hospital.
The evening will included a four-course meal and entertainment as well as a raffle and auction to raise vital funds for the Belvedere Road hospital.
The event costs £20 per person and those interested are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. Bookings and further information is available from Julie Hammond by emailing Julie.email@example.com or calling her on 07517 126935 or 566333 extension 5321.
The Burton Hospitals League of Friends has been raising money for the hospital for more than 35 years, having raised more than £3 million.
It is run by a small group of volunteers who give their time and energy to the hospital and purchase a wide variety of things, such as fresh flowers for the chapel and help desk, televisions, emergency toiletry packs and Christmas decorations as well as larger and more expensive pieces of medical equipment.
This includes the conversion of a store room into a wet room, an ultrasound diagnostic machine and specialist chairs for stroke patients.