Day Hospice Lead Nurse Helen Smith will be grabbing the clippers and having her head shaved in aid of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice on Tuesday 3rd June.

Helen, who has worked at the Hospice for 2 years, decided to take on the challenge after watching patients lose their own hair after chemotherapy.

Helen said: “After watching the brave patients living with terminal illness lose their hair after undergoing treatment, I decided to do the same – the difference being I am choosing to, I hope it will help me understand a little of what they go through and if I can raise some funds for the Hospice in the process, it is a bonus”

Hospice hairdresser Karen will have the honour of shaving Helens head.

Helen added: “I have always changed my hairstyle, but this will be the most dramatic change. The head shave is taking place here at the Hospice so patients and staff can support me. I am getting very nervous now!”

Joining Helen in her charity challenge will be Day Hospice patient Jayne, who will be taking part in a sponsored silence on the same day.

Jayne, 42, who has lived with chronic heart failure since birth, attends the Day Hospice every week.

Jayne said: “I love coming to Day Hospice, it offers me so much support emotionally and physically that I wanted to give something back. My mom wasn’t happy about me shaving all of my hair off, so I decided to do a sponsored silence instead. It will be difficult for me as I love to chat, but I want to support the Hospice”

Birmingham St Mary’s Day Hospice is a lifeline for people living at home with a terminal illness. Patients come to the Day Hospice each week to be supported through physical and emotional symptoms, and chat with other people in a similar situation.

Patients have the opportunity to discuss any of their concerns at home and how they will talk to their families and friends and take away the fear of dying. Day Hospice is a happy, friendly, comfortable place where patients can take part in therapeutic activities such as painting, crafts, planting and cooking or listen to music provided by local performers.

It costs around £300 to send one patient to the Day Hospice, with capacity for 20 patients each day. You can sponsor Helen on her Hospice fundraising page here.

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