From now on the date of the first of March will have a special significance in the Connolly household. That's because this year Cath, a Support Leader in our respite service, shaved her head for charity.
Like so many people, Cath has been personally affected by cancer as have some of her friends and family. Due to this experience kind-hearted Cath decided she wanted to do something that would make a real difference. It was then that she hatched her plan to shave off her beautiful locks for charity.
On the day friends, colleagues and people who use our service gathered at Scott Hall Respite Unit to show their support for what Cath was doing. John Barr was Barber-in-Chief and, when he took the first sweep across Cath's head, there were cries of "oh no!" from the audience.
As Cath's tresses began to pile up on the floor around her she and the audience kept up a good-natured banter and shouts of encouragement could be heard above the gentle buzz of the shaver.
Finally it was over. For the first time in many years Cath could see the real colour of her hair. She commented that she looked liked Dame Judy Dench and that she might switch careers to become 'M' in a James Bond movie. She also quipped that she would save a fortune in hair dressing costs and hair dye!
You can see a video of this event here.
Through her bravery Cath raised over £700 in sponsorship, including donations from her family and friends around the world. She intends to share this money between Breast Cancer Research and Aspire's respite service to buy sensory equipment.
It's not too late for you to show your support for Cath. You can go onto the Just Giving website or contact Aspire on 0113 387 1919.
Well done Cath - your bravery will certainly improve the lives of people who are affected by cancer or who use Aspire's respite service.