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Ruth's Wig Free Week

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Ruth McPherson

I went wig-free for a week to fundraise for Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK.

Total raised
£10,146.99

Target
£10000.00

100%

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About

I have had alopecia totalis for almost ten years, since I left school age 18. That summer, my hair began to fall out and three months later, I was completely bald. Losing my hair was extremely traumatic, as I didn't understand what was happening to my body, and was unable to control it.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease which occurs when the immune system attacks healthy hair follicles, often causing permanent hair loss. Although not damaging to physical health, alopecia can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health.

Over time, and with incredible support from my friends and family, I have grown more confident about my appearance, however I still feel the need to wear a wig every day.

Undertaking the challenge of Wig Free Week is a huge step for me, but I hope it will be a liberating one!

Event details

Wig Free Week

Wig Free Week will be the first time I have ever gone out in public without my wig for an extended period of time, and the first time that I have shared photographs of my bald head.

Please sponsor me to go wig-free and raise money for AAR-UK! They are a fantastic charity working to set up the UK’s first biobank for autoimmune alopecia research. The data they collect will prove invaluable to finding out what causes alopecia and may one day help find a cure to help sufferers across the world.

The Youtube links above contain a video about AAR-UK and one about my story. You can also visit my blog to find out more:

https://livingwithalopeciablog.wordpress.com/

Event date

26-October-2015 00:00  - 
01-November-2015 23:55

Event type

Wig Free Week

Event is completed

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Donations

McP Very courageous of you to address this front and centre - and completely in keeping with all that you do. Best Wishes Ciaran
Donation by Ciaran
on 29-09-2015
£20.00
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I'm so proud of you for doing this, you are so brave and so gorgeous, well done lovely xxxxx
Donation by Charlotte C-G
on 29-09-2015
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSAECj0GXWQ
Donation by Heather
on 29-09-2015
£10.00
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Hi Ruth, This is an amazingly brave thing & as someone who knows what its like i am very proud of what your doing to raise awareness. x
Donation by Nick
on 29-09-2015
£20.00
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Well done you!
Donation by Ali Agnew
on 29-09-2015
£10.00
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Donation by Anonymous
on 29-09-2015
£100.00
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Amazing and very inspirational!
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-09-2015
£10.00
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You are utterly amazing, I'm so proud to call you my family!
Donation by Ellie
on 29-09-2015
£10.00
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Amazing Ruth, just as lovely as ever xxx
Donation by Jen Glencross
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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Great stuff Ruth! I think you're brilliant.
Donation by BTCharlie
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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Donation summary

Online Donations: £10,031.99
Offline Donations: £115.00
Total Raised: £10,146.99
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £10,146.99

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