An inspirational lady has already raised over £700 for a national charity by taking part in the Brave the Shave fundraising drive for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ruth Joynes, who is an activities assistant at Sanctuary Care’s Hastings Residential Care Home in Malvern and an adult education tutor, said goodbye to her long locks this week when she took the plunge and had her head shaved by good friend Paula Trafford in return for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Supporting her mother’s battle
Ruth, who chose the Sanctuary Care home as the venue for her big fundraiser, made the decision to shave her head after her mother, 86-year-old Joan Joynes, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March.
The 52-year-old said: “I always said I would shave my head at 60 to start growing old disgracefully but the Brave the Shave campaign was too good an opportunity to miss so I did it sooner!”
“Both of my mother’s parents died of cancer in their early 60s and so many people I know have been affected by it, some quite traumatically, so it was something I wanted to do.”
Residents supported Ruth all the way
Ruth said some of the residents and many supportive staff at Hastings were there when she underwent the hair-raising transformation, adding: “I’ve had a really positive reaction from everyone, particularly when they knew what the cause was.
“Many of them have said I am brave but there are so many people who have done braver things than this.”
About Brave the Shave
So far over 20,000 people have taken part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign, raising nearly £2million to give people with cancer and their families the specialist support they need.