Brave Ruth faces the chop for charity

A Wellingborough has had her head shaved to help raise money for charity – but now can’t look at herself in the mirror.

Ruth Beeston, 39, from Kilborn Close, invited friends and relatives to her home on Saturday where her head was shaved to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Head Shave : Wellingborough: Ruth Beeston having her hair cut off for Macmillan Cancer Support to support the charity that has been helping her mum. 'Ruth Beeston with hairdresser Bev Yiangou from The Salon NC 'Saturday 19th July 2014 NNL-140719-165640009

Head Shave : Wellingborough: Ruth Beeston having her hair cut off for Macmillan Cancer Support to support the charity that has been helping her mum. 'Ruth Beeston with hairdresser Bev Yiangou from The Salon NC 'Saturday 19th July 2014 NNL-140719-165640009

Ruth was inspired to shed her locks after her mum Carmen Williams was helped by Macmillan nurse Pauline Reeves.

Ruth said: “My mum has a brain tumour which has slowly taken away her independence.

“She can’t walk or get out and about on her own.

“I am her full-time carer and I have to do more or less everything for her.

“Pauline, the Macmillan nurse, has kept us going through a period of time that has been really difficult.

“She has always been there on the end of the phone and she has been a big help in arranging management of my mum’s symptoms at the Cransley Hospice.

“We would not have got through this period without her help and I wanted to give something back.”

Ruth said she set herself a fundraising target of £250 for the head shave.

She added: “I’ve already raised £555.

“This is more than double the target, which is really overwhelming.”

The head shave was carried out by two of Ruth’s friends, BBC Radio presenter Jules Osmany and Bev Yiangou, a hairdressing tutor at Northampton College.

Ruth said: “I actually cried the first time I saw my hair after it had been shaved.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to look at myself in the mirror for a little while.

“I didn’t want to do something easy and comfortable to raise the money.

“Having my head shaved makes me feel a bit miserable for a few months but it’s nothing compared to what someone going through radiotherapy experiences.”

Ruth’s partner Kez Beeston is also having her head shaved in Northampton later this week.

To sponsor Ruth, visit her fundraising page.