09 May 2016

Braving the shave for charity

 Braving the shave for charity

With marathon season in full swing, thousands of runners are pounding the streets for charity. But there is a new breed of fundraisers who push their challenge even further and make a personal sacrifice to raise money and awareness for the charities they support.

Linda Phillips’ long locks will be used to make wigs for children suffering hair loss.

Linda Phillips chose to have her long hair shaved off and donated to The Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children suffering hair loss. Friends, family and colleagues all donated, raising money for charities extremely close to Linda’s heart.

Linda explained: “I felt very nervous but from the time that I saw the challenge I couldn’t get the charities out of my mind. I chose to fundraise for three charities that I care about most: Little Princess Trust who turn the hair into wigs for children suffering from hair loss, Breast Cancer Care as my mother and my best friend’s mother suffered from breast cancer, and finally Leukaemia & Myeloma Research as my partner’s father suffered from Myeloma.

“It was hard to imagine how I would feel after the headshave and most of my friends and family thought I was completely mad or having a mid-life crisis - but when they understood the causes I was raising money for, they were extremely supportive.

The best experience

“I’ve had the best experience with shaving my head for charity, it’s been really liberating and I’m really proud of what I’ve done.”

Linda chose to brave the shave after her partner, who also works at BT, found out about the challenge at work and suggested she not only took part but also have the challenge recorded both from her viewpoint and the charities highlighting how fundraisers give 100% for the charities they support - whether it’s through an endurance event, a bake-a-thon or a head shave.

You can watch Linda’s story at https://youtu.be/b_qOfWaqzRM

Alice Hunt, head of BT MyDonate, explained that many fundraisers want to more than just raise money and are searching for a connection to the charity.

She said: “Donating hair is becoming an increasingly popular way to raise money and awareness - and provide real hair to charities like the Little Princess Trust who can then use the hair to make a real difference to children suffering hair loss. With MyDonate, they are able to fundraise for multiple charities at the same time.”

Bill Giles, Fundraising & Development Manager at Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK, said: “Linda’s story is fantastic. The benefit of using MyDonate is that they don’t charge any commission, so in Linda’s case this is equivalent to an extra £50, which means we can give five extra books to children in hospital or give cranberries to 50 patients with cancer.”

You can find out more about Linda’s challenge and donate at mydonate.bt.com/bravetheshave

You can watch Linda’s video story here https://youtu.be/b_qOfWaqzRM

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