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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

Donation by Rob's Mum and Dad
on 15-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Well done Aunty Ruth! x
Donation by Millie Jenks
on 15-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Emily Lang
on 15-11-2015
£20.00
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Jan Lloyd
on 15-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
From Ilya who won the rugby world cup sweepstake
Donation by Anonymous
on 14-11-2015
£40.00
£0.00 gift aid
You have the most beautiful head out of everyone I know and I am so ridiculously proud of you. You're amazing and I love you. xxx
Donation by Natty Moop-Pudding-Bean
on 13-11-2015
£150.00
£0.00 gift aid
Amazing effort and very inspirational! Xx
Donation by Kiloran
on 13-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Well done, Ruth. I greatly admire what you are doing to raise awareness of this illness.
Donation by Brad Sutherland - a fellow Globe Steward
on 12-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Hi Ruth, I'm a fellow Globe Steward but don't think our shifts have overlapped! Well done you for doing your wig free week and hope you get to your goal. By the way, I think you look great with or without the wig!!
Donation by jane Fletcher
on 12-11-2015
£10.00
£0.00 gift aid
Ruthy, you are absolutely amazing!! X
Donation by Tam
on 11-11-2015
£20.00
£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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