Rose has a close shave

PCH resident Rose Hodgson shaved all her hair off to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice and donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss.

Rose from our Housing with Support scheme in Southway made the decision to go underneath the clippers after her friend John passed away due to cancer and to support her neighbour and close friend Gloria who is also suffering from a terminal illness.

Rose said: “I wanted to do something that would raise money for St Luke’s Hospice who were really supportive of my friend John and showed him real care and attention. I wanted to do something that everyone could get behind and support in memory of my friends and in solidarity for those who are suffering and have lost their hair through treatment for their illness.”

All of the neighbours from the Housing with Support scheme gathered in the communal room to support Rose, who had put on a spread and collected raffle prizes from her generous neighbours Wendy, Val, Maureen and Jean.

Amy Stevens, a mobile hairdresser from Hair by Amy started by plaiting Rose’s hair into six long plaits so that they could be easily sent off to the Little Princess Trust who give away real hair wigs free to children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.

After that Amy shaved the hair as closely as possible, finishing it off with a razor to make Rose in her own words ‘as smooth as a baby’s bum!’

Amy said: “I think it’s fantastic what Rose is doing, it’s really brave of her to not only donate her hair but to actually go completely clean shaven to show that people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment are not alone.

“I was happy to be asked to help and to see the neighbours from the local community who have come along to help and support her is fantastic. I hope she’s managed to raise as much money as possible and if there were more people like Rose then the world would be a better place.”

Rose managed to raise a whopping £750 for St Luke’s Hospice and said: “I’d really like to thank everyone who helped me raise such a fantastic amount. Everyone has been really generous and I want to thank Jay from Plymouth Community Homes and Nina from St Luke’s Hospice for the help and support they have given me throughout.” 

Find out more about St Luke’s Hospice and The Little Princess Trust and the fantastic work they do.