WITH her bright purple hair and beaming smile, play specialist Anne Ricketts is a familiar face on the children’s wards.
But youngsters, families and visitors will be in for a shock as the 60-year-old is sporting a new look.
Anne had her hair shaved off at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where she has worked for 15 years and become a friendly face to all.
She went for the dramatic look to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She said: ‘It doesn’t feel too bad – when I run my hand over it, it feels like a hedgehog.
‘I was a little apprehensive in the morning, but I said I was going to do it so I needed to go through with it.
It doesn’t feel too bad, when I run my hand over it and it feels like a hedgehogAnne Ricketts, play specialist at Queen Alexandra Hospital
‘I didn’t want to jump out of a plane or abseil down a really tall building, but I did want to support Macmillan and did it this way.
‘I know family and friends who have had a lot of support from Macmillan nurses and just wanted to give something back.’
Anne decided the only place she could have her locks cut off was at QA.
Patients and staff watched on as Anne’s daughter Vicky Ricketts took to transforming her mum’s look.
The 38-year-old administrator said: ‘Mum saw an advert about Brave the Shave and said she wanted to do it.
‘I thought she was joking at first but she said she had told her workmates she would be doing it.
‘I signed her up and then there was no turning back.
‘She’s mad for doing it but the look actually suits her.
‘I think she’s very brave and doing it for a fantastic cause.
‘We’re all very proud of her and surprised at how good she looks with it.’
Giving a helping hand was seven-year-old Sam Merrick, of Bere Road, Denmead.
He was born at just 26 weeks and has had to endure regular trips to hospital in his lifetime because of chronic lung disease and a rare immuno deﬁciency.
With assistance he used clippers to give Anne a close shave.
Afterwards he said he wouldn’t like to have a similar haircut.
Anne had set a target of £500, but has hit that and is on £650.
To donate, search for Anne Ricketts on the website bravetheshave.org.uk