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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

Good on you, Ruth. You should get Tim to shave his head at the same time you do this, aha! Must catch up soon 😄
Donation by Andy waterhouse
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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You are an utter sensation McPhezwad! Really well done - it's not only courageous but it's dignified and beautiful. Way to go Ruth x
Donation by Simon Armstrong
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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From one auto-immune sufferer to another! You are incredibly brave and beautiful and I think this is an amazing thing to do for yourself and to raise awareness and money. You're amazing! Lots of love xxx
Donation by Torty
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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Donation by Spence
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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Donation by susan
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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You rock!
Donation by Frank
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
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Donation by Katie Parry
on 28-09-2015
£30.00
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This is awesome Ruth, you go girl! xxx
Donation by Tash Reardon
on 28-09-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Go for it Ruth.
Donation by Salar Farzad
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
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Donation by Anonymous
on 28-09-2015
£20.00
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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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