This Sunday (30th October) Claire Robinson is hosting a charity event in aid of Alopecia UK, during which she will shave her head. We caught up with Claire, and her 16 year old daughter Anna (who has alopecia) to find out more.....
A head shave is a big step! How do you feel ahead of the event?
I'm starting to feel a little nervous. Everyone keeps telling me how brave I am but I don't feel brave! I feel like I have the choice to do this to help raise awareness of Alopecia UK, who have been an incredible source of support to us over the last six months. Those with alopecia don't have that choice; it just happens! I'm keen to develop more of an understanding of what those with alopecia have to live with everyday.....and i'll be ready with my Alopecia UK leaflets if people question me!
Tell us about what has inspired you to raise funds for Alopecia UK...
Following a wonderful stay in Glasgow for Alopecia UK's 'Big Weekend' I feel like I need to give something back to the charity to help them continue their work. The weekend was a real turning point for Anna, who has struggled to hide her alopecia for 5 years. Spending time with others, who knew exactly how she felt, inspired her to open up and tell people about her condition. Until then it was like a secret we couldn't talk about. A massive weight was lifted from my shoulders that weekend and Anna decided that alopecia would no longer control her. She is now in charge! We met some beautiful people who advised on wigs and Anna now says she can have her hair any colour she wants!
Anna, how do you feel about what Mum is doing?
I'm so grateful for what she is doing, not only because it's something so difficult to do but because of the wonderful support she's giving me by doing it. It also demonstrates how passionate she is about raising awareness for Alopecia UK, after seeing how much the charity has helped me. Her support means the world!
Claire, how can people get involved?
I will be having my head shaved on Sunday 30th October at an event we'd organised. There will be coffee, cake, a raffle, teddy tombola, arts & crafts and more! The event starts at 2pm at Kings Church Centre, Coxford Road, Lordswood, Southampton, SO16 5LL.
A big thank you to Claire for her efforts. If you can't get along to the event on Sunday to support, perhaps you would like to consider a donation to Claire's Justgiving page here.