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Staff member 'braves the shave' for cancer charity

A West Midlands Police staff member ‘braved the shave’ last week to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Karina Kuczynska from the Traffic Investigations Team had her head shaved at police HQ in Birmingham on Friday (2 August) surrounded by supportive colleagues.

Karina’s hair was first tied into bunches, as the locks are being donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Tanya Johnson, head of the department, shaved Karina’s hair as part of Macmillan's Brave the Shave initiative and praised her brave soul and money raising efforts.

"We're all so proud of Karina, she's the most amazing and beautiful person, both inside and out. I’ve never shaved anyone’s head before, so it was a little daunting, but it was all for an incredible cause, and I’m so pleased I was able to be a part of it."

before and after
Before and... after

So far Karina has raised more than £600 for Macmillan from a combination of cash and online donations, but as the fundraiser is still active there are hopes the final amount raised could be much higher.

Having undergone the drastic trim, Karina explained that having almost no hair will take some getting used to, but the amount raised has already made it more than worthwhile.

“I’ve never had short hair, but everyone has been super supportive and I’ve raised far more than I hoped to,” she said.

“It was really surprising how much people were prepared to put their hand in their pocket and donate. I want to say a massive thank you. The money, and my hair, are going to two separate but equally amazing charities and I hope that both donations go some way to helping people during a time of need.”

If you’d like to donate head to the fundraiser site.

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