19 Aug 13

Lois's close shave

When Lois Armstrong, an employee at EDF Energy in Barnwood, decided to raise funds for the company’s charity partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care, she took inspiration from a very personal experience.

Lois lost her cousin earlier this year to cancer and after witnessing the devastating effects the disease had on her personal appearance as her health deteriorated, decided to take on a challenge with a personal twist. Lois said “Having witnessed the effects both the treatment and the disease had on my cousin’s appearance I wanted to do something more meaningful than putting money in a collection tin. I didn’t want to take the easy option and I really wanted to take on something that would leave a lasting impression. I’ve had long hair since I was 16 and so I took the dramatic decision to shave my hair, that way I would provide a physical reminder for myself, my family and colleagues of the mark cancer leaves on our loved ones. I set myself a fundraising target of £4,000 and everyone has stepped up and taken this to heart, so far I have raised more than £5,000 with some pledges still to be collected. I really want to thank everyone who has given so generously and supported me in this personal challenge.”

Lois, who got married in July, arranged for the shave to take place at her office at Barnwood last Friday (16 August) in order to maximise the support of her EDF Energy colleagues. When Lucy Caslon, Senior Corporate Account Manager at Marie Curie heard about Lois’s personal challenge she cleared her calendar in order to ensure she could be in Barnwood to support Lois herself. Lucy said: “I’m so touched that someone would make such a personal sacrifice to raise funds for us. The money raised by Lois means that Marie Curie nurses can provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s nine hospices. Lois is a very brave lady!”

Lois is also donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children suffering from hair loss.