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Short cut to fundraising fun!

Cynthia with hairdresser Natalie and Help for Heroes volunteer co-ordinator Vicky Breward.

When it comes to supporting deserving causes, inpatient bed management officer Cynthia Hall knows how to take a short cut to success.

Cynthia decided to have her head shaved to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

And the 58-year-old grandmother revealed a razor-sharp ability to maximise the benefits of her fundraising because her shoulder-length tresses were to be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Cynthia, a volunteer co-ordinator for Help the Heroes, explained that all proceeds from her head-shave will go towards the £3,500 target she has been set to join a trek in the Vietnam jungle in aid of the charity’s work to support wounded military personnel.

“My youngest son, Richard, is in the army and served in Afghanistan last year,” explained Cynthia, who works at Moseley Hall Hospital as part of a team managing admissions to NHS inpatient beds across the city.

“Fortunately, he returned home safely but I know the sacrifice these young men and women make and that’s why I became an active supporter of Help the Heroes.

“I was trying to come up with fundraising ideas so I could go on the trek and when I said ‘I could shave my head’, all my colleagues laughed and said I wouldn’t go through with it.

Natalie gets set to go to work on Cynthia's shoulder-length hair.

“I like a challenge and when I realised I could support the Little Princess Trust as well, my mind was made up.”

Cynthia’s head shave was a family affair as her niece Natalie Morrissey wielded the clippers watched by relatives, friends and colleagues at Moseley Hall Hospital. More than £550 was raised in sponsorship, donations and sale of Help for Heroes merchandise.

Cynthia asked anyone who would like to make a donation to do so by visiting her fundraising page:

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