‘I first encountered One25 when two close friends took part in the charity’s ‘Give it up for One25’ campaign. They told me a bit about what the charity did and the women it helped. To be honest, I was shocked that there were people living in the same city as I was – a city I had lived in for then 4 years which had totally bowled me over with it’s beauty, diversity, opportunity and elegance – who were undergoing such extreme suffering everyday. I had never seen it; but I guess I hadn’t been looking.
"What was actually shaving my head like? Honestly, exhilarating. Was I scared? A little."-
The more I thought about the condition in which these women have found themselves, the more I wanted to do something practical to help them. Through further research and various conversations with a helpful member of their staff at One25, I felt confident that this was not only a cause I wanted to support but also a charity that would tackle the issue effectively.
What was actually shaving my head like? Honestly, exhilarating. Was I scared? A little. I certainly had butterflies but in an excited and eager way, not in a scared or hesitant way. Of course there are still times where I look in the mirror and feel a pang of sadness that my hair has gone – I knew that this would be the case. But there are positives and negatives in everything, and for me the positives so drastically outweighed the one negative that I actively wanted to do it, and so I did.’