Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow by Rachel Collier

Rachel Collier

The sister and close family of a young Wythenshawe woman recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer, have organised an exciting and entertaining fun-day to raise much-needed funds for the world-famous Christie Hospital where their loved one is being treated – with several offering to shave off much-treasured locks to support their fund-raising efforts.

Rachel’s sister, Jeannie is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), and her family have been amazed at how strong and defiant she has been of her diagnosis. “She wasn’t happy about losing all of her hair, so I promised her I would shave my head too in solidarity”, said Jeannie’s sister, Rachel Collier,

“The Christie has done an amazing job looking after her and have provided round-the-clock, impeccable care from day one. Jeannie had a treatment plan in place within a few days of diagnosis.”

The Fun-Day will take place on Sunday 27th June 2021, at Wythenshawe Town Football Club, Timpson Road, Manchester, M23 9LL, from 12 till 4pm has taken a huge amount of planning and organising and already has the support of many people across Wythenshawe and beyond.

Rachel, adds: “I’m excitedly looking forward to the Fun-Day and I’ll keep my promise to have my head shaved but… my 18 inches of golden locks will all be gone! My husband Greg and son Lewis are also shaving their heads – but theirs will have grown back long before mine.

“The head shave will take place live at the event; I am also donating my hair to The Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children with cancer. It will take around two years for my hair to grow back to full length, so I have not taken this challenge on lightly. I am determined to use all my energy and power to overthrow this diagnosis, host an amazing fun day for my local community and raise much-needed funds for The Christie. I also want to raise awareness around women with shaved heads/cancer patients and the social preconceptions associated with it.”

As well as turning up at the Fun-Day, any donations or contributions, small or large, will make a massive difference to The Christie, who do an amazing job in the face of adversity every single day, and the families and friends of patients.