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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

Video

Donations

Well done Ruth - a very brave and personal thing to do. All the best
Donation by Helen, Bill, Marshall & Louisa
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
YES all the way!!! This must have taken so much courage. I'd say this is the definition of doing a fantastic job of life and many a heart will be bursting with pride xxx
Donation by Hannah G
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
What a fantastic thing to be doing. YOU ARE THE BEST. I wish you all the best for it! xxx
Donation by Rachel Creaser
on 28-09-2015
£25.00
£0.00 gift aid
Well done Ruth! X
Donation by Emma Harvey
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
£0.00 gift aid
Hero! Well done :) X
Donation by Niall C
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
£0.00 gift aid
Well done! Good luck for your week! Hope you raise lots of money
Donation by Dan Hughes
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
£0.00 gift aid
So much awesomeness. xxx
Donation by Sarah Lambie
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
£0.00 gift aid
Yes Ruth! Amazing, v proud of you, you look gorgeous! Xxx
Donation by Lissie Matts
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Very good move Ruth, I am very proud and impressed. Lots of courage for this week, hope you raise a lot. Xxx
Donation by Aurelie
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Charlie
on 28-09-2015
£5.00
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

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

Donations closed

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