Tina Flavell is so determined to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Support that even the Coronavirus crisis isn’t going to stop her.

Dog groomer Tina had originally planned to do a head shave on April 18th at the Puriton Inn in Bridgwater in front of friends and punters. The virus lockdown means this is no longer possible, so her partner Blair will be wielding the clippers at home instead. “Blair’s really anxious about it and I’m feeling a bit insecure too. I could end up taking over and doing it myself!” says Tina.

Tina’s father lives with dementia and she has seen the physical and emotional strain it has placed on her mother who has become his carer. She’s grateful to Alzheimer’s Support’s support worker who visits once a week at their home in Corsham to give her mother some much-needed down time, as well as providing advice on financial benefits.

Although full of dread at the thought of cutting off her long, flowing tresses – Tina feels they define her, she’s determined not to cancel. And to raise as much money as possible, the couple plan to film the big event and post it on Facebook.

“All of the charity’s work needs funding,” says Tina, who has already raised more than £1,000 and is now hoping to reach £2,000. “I’m hoping that the fact I’m willing to shave my head will convince you all of just how much Alzheimer’s Support needs your cash!”

“Shaving all your hair off is an incredibly brave thing to do,” says Rachel Fear, Alzheimer’s Support fundraiser. “And letting your partner do it is even braver. We’re so grateful to Tina for making such a personal gesture for us to help people living with dementia.”

To sponsor Tina, visit  www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/fundraisers/tinas-head-shave

Original story written 17th March

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