Helen's a fund-razor after braving shave for hearing charity

A hairdresser braved the shave to raise cash for a charity supporting people with hearing loss.

Helen Jones, from Oswestry, shaved her head and raised over £1,000 for Sense. The 48-year-old was inspired to take on the challenge due to her own experience with hearing loss and as a cochlear implant wearer.

She began to slowly lose her hearing sixteen years ago and was fitted with the bone-anchoring hearing aid after several operations. Over the years she has experienced times of isolation and feelings of vulnerability which resulted in her often hiding her implant, which is visible on the side of her head. Lockdown and hearing other disabled people’s experiences of isolation inspired her to take on this challenge and raise funds for Sense, which supports people with complex disabilities including those who are deafblind.

Helen said: “I feel confident about the head shave. The challenge for me is having my cochlear implant on show. I am shaving my hair to raise awareness of this charity as being deaf and blind is something none of us could imagine.”

Sense community fundraising manager, Jon Stubbs said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Helen for taking on this brave fundraising challenge for Sense. It is thanks to people like Helen that Sense is able to support children and adults who have complex disabilities or are deafblind.”

You can still support Helen by donating at justgiving.com/fundraising/helensfundrazor

For more information about Sense please visit www.sense.org.uk

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