An 84-year-old Tibenham resident has braved the shave — inspired to raise cash after her late husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Phyllis Hunt had her hair trimmed at the Marks and Spencers store in Norwich yesterday in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, and said she had been thinking about taking part in the charity challenge since her husband Pat died three-and-a-half years ago.
He was diagnosed with the disease, with Phyllis looking after him for six-and-a-half years.
The idea originally came to her when her husband was in hospital. Phyllis got chatting to a young man who had shaved his head to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society after his grandmother had died.
“It looks better than I thought it was going to look,” she said.
“It feels very comfortable and people are saying that I look alright, so I don’t regret having it done.
It will grow again, won’t it! When people ask me why I’m doing it I say that I’m doing it for everyonePhyllis Hunt
“It will grow again, won’t it! When people ask me why I’m doing it I say that I’m doing it for everyone.
“I’m doing it for you, and your children and your grandchildren’s children. We have to find a cure.”
The store has been supporting the organisation since March, with a number of fundraising activities taking place this week, cake bakes and sales, till collections and a denim for dementia day.
Another Tibenham resident, Pat Garten, made a cake to raise extra funds.
n For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
n The National Dementia Helpline, provided by the Alzheimer’s Society, can be called on 0300 222 11 22