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Two nurses raise £4,400 for charity by shaving their heads

Tess Mullan has cancer and didn't want to ‘wait for my hair to fall out on the pillow’

Tess Mullan has cancer and didn't want to ‘wait for my hair to fall out on the pillow’


Tess Mullan (right) and Cath Carter with money raised from the shave

Two nurses, one of whom has breast cancer, have raised more than £4,000 for charity by shaving their heads.

Staff nurse Tess Mullan from Scarborough Hospital, who was diagnosed in July, decided to remove her hair after being told it would fall out due to chemotherapy.

Turning an offhand comment into money for charity

Ms Mullan said the idea started off as a joke then grew into a successful fundraiser.

‘Instead of waiting for my hair to fall out on the pillow, I decided I would get my head shaved,’ she said.

Her friend and colleague Cath Carter, senior sister on the hospital’s Maple Ward, joined her at the Hair to Bare event held earlier this month at the Byways pub in Scarborough. 

Money raised will benefit local cancer charity 

They raised £4,400 for the charity York Against Cancer, which was chosen because it funds the mobile chemotherapy unit at Scarborough Hospital.

‘We were taken aback by the generosity of people,’ said Ms Mullan. 

She said the diagnosis had changed her outlook on life and nursing: ‘We nurse people with cancer all the time, it’s part of the job, but when it happens to you it makes us all stop and think.’


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