Filmed live on Instagram, Rachael Stanton-Smithson from Torbay, Devon braved the hairdressing skills of her husband Sam, to show her support for St David’s Hospice.

Rachael, the daughter of Day Therapy Unit Staff Nurse Sue Cannon-Brock, had her head shaved to raise much needed funds for the end of life care charity.

Talking about the shave, Rachael said:

“With my mum working for the Hospice and the time my grandparents spent there over recent years, I felt I wanted to support the brilliant work in such difficult social and financial times.

“I grew up in North Wales and know Llandudno very well so I feel connected to the community there. I wanted to do something easy, free and possible to do during isolation.

“I think removing your hair, especially as a woman, can be rather intimidating as there’s nothing to hide behind. So I wanted the challenge and to have the opportunity to be content with myself without the curtain of hair.”

St David’s Hospice, which provides free specialist care to those with advanced illnesses and in need of end of life care, has recently announced that they will face a total financial loss of over £1 million, due Covid19.

Watched online and encouraged by friends and family, Rachael raised over £800 through her GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/f/hair-for-health-heroes.

Rachael continued:

“I am really pleased I did it. I can’t believe we raised over £800! My head is pretty cold but other than that, I am just so happy to be able to help at such a difficult time.

“I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all my wonderful friends and family that donated, to everyone who encouraged me and say they love the new look. Special thanks to my barber and husband, Sam.  And who could forget the biggest thanks goes to the staff and volunteers who help to make the Hospice what it is.

“I hope this inspires others to maybe do the same.”

If you feel inspired by Rachael and plan to take part in a fundraising challenge please email , Conwy Area Fundraiser, James Wilde .