Fifty-eight-year-old Kathy Phillips will be having her head shaved in Uckfield High Street next month to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The task of lopping off Kathy’s hair is being undertaken by Amanda Burton and she says this is a big deal as Kathy usually hides behind her hair.
If the weather is good on Saturday, November 2, the deed will be done outside Uckfield Yoga Studio, a special place for Kathy as yoga has helped her through difficult times.
Little Princess Trust
If not then the head shave will take place next door in a hair salon. The first cut of hair will be donated to Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children, and young people up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.
Kathy, who has one grown up son, Ryan, moved to Manor Park Estate in Uckfield five years ago.
She loves animals, has three cats, and originally worked in the horse world, showjumping before moving into racing which took her to Trinidad where her son was born.
The year after Kathy moved to Uckfield she had a hip replacement and then the following year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately this was caught in the early stages. Both Kathy’s parents died from cancer.
Following Kathy’s hip replacement, cancer, loss of her parents, and also suffering a stroke, yoga has become a huge part of her life, helping her to regain her health physically and mentally, building her strength and helping her move again more freely.
Amanda said: “She is as happy and healthy as she’s ever been.”
Amanda added: “Macmillan are a charity extremely close to Kathy’s heart which is why she feels the need to try and raise some money to make a difference.
“So many people, young and old, suffer from the dreaded disease of cancer, and it’s important to do what we can.
“The Macmillan nurses are extraordinary in what they do. They were there for Kathy and her parents, like so many others.”
If you would like to help Kathy reach her £500 fund-raising target please visit her Brave the Shave fund-raising page.