A UNIVERSITY student from Droitwich will brave the shave and lose her shoulder-length hair to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice which cared for her best friend’s family.
Charlotte Albutt, 20, is to remove all her hair in memory of Tracey Henn, who died in July 2019 aged 53.
Mrs Henn was cared for by St Richard’s Hospice, in Worcester, which also supported her husband Darron and daughter Maddie – Charlotte’s best friend.
The second year multimedia journalism student said she wanted to give something back to those who cared for Tracey and had helped Maddie.
And with so much staying at home during lockdown, Charlotte decided the head shave was the perfect socially-distanced fund-raising challenge.
She said: “The lockdowns have been tough on so many people and I’ve found myself feeling down at points.
“It’s also made me think about how others might be struggling too, like the hospice which is a cause very close to my heart having cared for Maddie’s mum and the wider family.
“I realised that, even stuck at home, I could make a difference and I could still find a way to raise some money to help.”
She set herself a target of £500 and had smashed that – now she wants to raise as much as possible for the hospice.
“Tracey’s husband and daughter, Darron and Maddie, are immensely grateful for the care their family received during such a difficult time, and continue to receive now.”
The locks will be lost on Tuesday, February 2, the event will be streamed live on Facebook and Charlotte will be donating her hair to charity as well.
Tricia Cavell, St Richard’s Hospice fund-raising director, said: “We’re always amazed by the fund-raising challenges that supporters take on for our care and Charlotte shaving off all her beautiful hair is no exception.
“Charlotte’s key aim is to use lockdown positively and help make a difference – she will certainly do that for the patients and their loved ones that we support here.
“Her original fundraising target of £500 could fund 21 hour sessions with specialist physio and therapists to help patients manage pain at home.
“At a time when our fund-raising income has been hit by the closure of our charity shops and postponed events, we couldn’t be more grateful to supporters like Charlotte who undertake amazing personal challenges to help us be there for others.”
Charlotte is currently up to almost £740 – click here to visit her fund-raising page and boost her coffers further.