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Bishop's Stortford woman Julia Willson, who had radiotherapy for a brain tumour, undergoes sponsored head shave for NHS Charities Together

A Bishop's Stortford woman has raised nearly £1,850 for NHS charities after having her head shaved for the second time in seven years.

Julia Willson's previous charity chop raised £7,500 for the National Brain Appeal, ahead of radiotherapy treatment for a benign brain tumour.

Speaking about her motivation, Julia, a care sector teacher said: "I have needed and received what has turned out to be the best of treatment and support by the NHS and continue to do so, and for this I am deeply indebted.

Julia before the charity chop (34386002)
Julia before the charity chop (34386002)

"I am therefore trying to raise money for NHS Charities Together, the key workers and their families out of respect for all that they are doing on the very sharp edge of the front line, keeping us safe and well during these unprecedented times."

Julia and husband Graham have been married for 30 years and moved to their Nursery Road home not long after their wedding. They have two children: daughter Alex, 24, and son Ollie, 21.

Ollie played the part of the barber as the event was streamed live on Facebook from their kitchen.

Julia, with her son, Ollie, the lockdown barber
Julia, with her son, Ollie, the lockdown barber

After the event, Julia added: "NHS staff, among many other key workers, are themselves at such risk currently on our behalf doing their work with devotion, determination and empathy, often with massive self-sacrifice, and with this in mind I have decided to fund-raise for NHS Charities Together.

"Every amount donated, small or large, will count and make a difference, so please make a donation for those around us that continue to fight for our friends and family who are either unwell currently or may need the care and attention that only our NHS can provide over the coming days, weeks and months of this crisis."

To donate to Julia's appeal go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julia-willson2.

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