Sharon’s head shave raises thousands for cancer care
When Guy’s Cancer patient Sharon Goddard’s hair started to fall out, she decided to shave it all off for charity. Setting an initial target of £100, after sharing a video of the shave she has now raised over £3,600.
Watch Sharon’s head shave
Watch the touching moment Sharon bravely has her head shaved by husband Paul.
Sharon Goddard was referred to Guy’s and St Thomas’ in June after being diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This type of cancer develops in the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body.
Sharon, from Bermondsey in south east London, said: “Getting a cancer diagnosis is tough at any time, but it was particularly daunting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In normal circumstances you would have family around but I had to keep a distance from everyone and I couldn’t cuddle my grandchildren. It was hard not having my husband, Paul, there with me at all the appointments, but he was on loudspeaker so I wouldn’t forget anything.”
The 55-year-old, who is now in remission, added: “Everything moved at such a pace and I was amazed at how quickly I started my treatment. I felt apprehensive the first time I had chemotherapy, but the nurses were brilliant and the atmosphere was calm – everyone was there for the same reason. I was offered counselling and was given lots of useful information.
“I always felt safe going into the Cancer Centre at Guy’s. They checked everyone’s temperature before going in and made you wash your hands. I found it comforting to see every single person wearing a mask and hand sanitiser everywhere.”
A few weeks after starting her treatment, Sharon started to lose her hair.
The mother-of-three, who has six grandchildren, said: “I cried for about an hour the day my hair started to fall out because of the shock, but after that I was fine. My head started to really hurt like it was sunburnt or had been pulled so I decided to shave it all off.
“Positivity is how I have dealt with everything so I wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for charity – and there was no one better to fundraise for than the people treating me.”
Sharon set out to raise £100 for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity but after a video of her head shave was shared online, more than £3,600 rolled in.
She said: “I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the support. I wasn’t nervous about shaving off my hair because you can wear a wig, or a hat or a scarf. I was quite happy to have a bald head because I knew it would grow back, but I wanted to show other people that it can be a positive thing.”
If you have been inspired by Sharon’s story and would like to support her fundraising, visit her fundraising page.
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