Vicky Bennett with her colleagues before having her head shaved to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

All eyes on Vicky as her hair goes pink, then disappears

All eyes were on the head of a senior health care assistant at a home in Herons Ghyll between Uckfield and Crowborough last week.

First Vicky Bennett’s hair turned pink … then it disappeared altogether.


Temple Grove manager Alison Barnes with senior health care assistant Vicky Bennett before her head was shaved.

Herons Ghyll Care Home  took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vicky went one step further to Brave the Shave for the charity.

On Monday she had light brown and highlighted hair, on Tuesday she turned shocking pink, and then on Friday she lost it all.


Temple Grove resident Harry Longley shaved the first section of hair from Vicky’s head. She is pictured with him after the shave here.

Temple Grove resident Harry Longley, aged 81, had the honour of making the first cut with a razor and then Sarah Carter took over while care home residents and their guests looked on.

Vicky said: “Everybody knows somebody who has had cancer and if somebody came up to me saying they were dying and that I could save them by shaving my head, I would have no hesitation in helping. This is no different really.”


Health care assistant Sarah Carter pictured with Vicky Bennett after shaving her head.

Vicky was hoping to raise about £400 through Braving the Shave.

The coffee morning raised £850 and home manager Alison Barnes said that was amazing. “A big thank you to all.”

Home offers families support through new Herons Club

One of the guests at the coffee morning was Val Miles, of Manor Park, Uckfield, whose mother lived at the care home and who stayed there herself after having a knee replacement.

Val, a big fan of the home, now helps to run the new Herons Club at Temple Grove.

This was set up originally to support husbands, wives and partners of residents when they needed a shoulder to lean on. It is now open to the extended family.


Val Miles, who helps run the Herons Club at Temple Grove Care Home is pictured with home manager Alison Barnes.

Care home manager Alison Barnes says the club, which meets every Wednesday, from 3-4.30pm, is a meeting place of trust and security, where people can share how they are feeling, or stories, and not be judged but accepted by like-minded people who may experience the same feelings.

Needs could be practical, legal, or just for company over a cuppa.

Val said that – having lost her mother, and husband, and having stayed at the home herself – she felt she had something to offer those going through similar experiences.

She added: “I can show that we do all get through difficult times and come out the other side.”


Lots of cakes at the Temple Grove Care Home coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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