Five Whipps Cross staff Brave the Shave for COVID-19

22 Apr 2020

Three physiotherapists and two students working at Whipps Cross Hospital have ‘braved the shave’ by shaving their heads and beards, all in support of their colleagues and our emergency COVID-19 appeal.

Inspired by conversations about how her colleagues were going to manage their hair during lockdown, Kim, a senior physiotherapist, came up with a solution which would raise money for our emergency COVID-19 appeal at the same time. With hairdressers now closed, Kim decided to give herself a low maintenance hair cut – by shaving her head completely.

Kim managed to persuade four of her colleagues to take part as well, although one of them has decided to shave his rather large beard instead!

The colleagues work on the outpatients physiotherapy ward at Whipps Cross Hospital, and have seen their work change dramatically over the past few weeks.  From previously seeing patients and being hands-on with their recovery, they are now conducting appointments through their laptop screens. However, it was seeing how life for their colleagues on the inpatient wards had changed so dramatically that inspired them to fundraise.

Kim says: “We are raising money for a good cause, it is great to see the team all pulling together during this difficult time. We have gone over our target and would like to thank you everyone that has donated it really means a lot to us and the hospital”.

All five of them took part at the same time in neighbouring cubicles and there was no shortage of volunteers to manage the clippers!

Following the event, Jamie said “I will need more sun cream” and Ross says that he looks like “David Beckham’s stunt double”.

Kim and her team have raised over £2,000 by speaking to their colleagues and reaching out to their local community groups on Facebook, such as Kim’s bootcamp, which has been put on hold during lockdown.

Thank you Jamie, Ross, Koko, Jamie and Kim!

If you have been inspired to fundraise for our NHS, please contact us or set up a fundraising page here.

Our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal is helping us provide urgent funds for staff who are working tirelessly across Barts Health NHS Trust. Donations are being used in many ways across our hospitals - from 3D-printed visors to protect front line staff, to iPads for isolated patients to speak with their loved ones.

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