Richard Woods (GR 1995-2000) Sponsored Head Shave

OKS Richard Woods (GR 1995 to 2000) will be taking his hair to grade zero (i.e. completely bald) to raise money for:

Macmillan,  about who most people will be aware of; and

St Christopher's Hospice,  which is one of the world's leading hospices, whose reach and impact is more than 'just' providing palliative care to those in South East London. They have been, and are, at the fore of developing palliative care, and sharing and educating other hospices and people to offer the best that a human can to another at the end of their life.

Richard has chosen these charities because of the amazing work they do, having seen first-hand how much of a positive impact they can have on all involved (having lost his mother Louise Woods, also mother to Elle Rainbird, nee Woods (Harvey 1996 to 1998) and mother-in-law to Timothy Rainbird (GR 1993 to 1998) to cancer just over 7 years ago).

One of the things which Richard remembers upsetting his mother immensely, and something many others probably would not have thought would have had such an effect upon someone, was losing her hair.

Although there are many ways to raise money, this way, therefore, seems apt to Richard.

He has deliberately not labeled this as 'Brave the Shave', as he cannot call what he is doing brave at all when compared to the bravery that people show when cancer sets in. He has committed to keeping his hair to grade-zero for the month of November.

The following quote from Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of St Christopher's, goes right to the heart of the sentiment driving him to do this:

“You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life.”

Please do donate generously, as he has set his target high.....

Richard and his mother - Commemoration Day 2000
Richard will be going grade zero this November - all for a great cause

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