Grace’s ‘bald’ plan to raise cash

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It’s a hair-raising idea - and Sheffield student Grace Jenkins is certainly no chicken.

For Grace, who studies English Literature at the University of Sheffield, will tomorrow shave off her hair at a charity day at Nando’s West Street restaurant - in a bid to raise cash for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Nando's worker  Grace Jenkins (front left) is shaving her hair off in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital at a charity day at the West Street restaurant on June 28. Co-worker Michael Kontou, front right, is also having his back waxed

Nando's worker Grace Jenkins (front left) is shaving her hair off in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital at a charity day at the West Street restaurant on June 28. Co-worker Michael Kontou, front right, is also having his back waxed

“With the Children’s Hospital being only about 15 minutes away, we get a few young families in with relatives there,” Grace said.

“There are young pretty girls out there who don’t have any hair, because they’re undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments.

“To some people, especially females, losing your hair would be a major issue, but some little girls don’t have a choice.

“Chopping my hair off pales in comparison to what these children go through on a daily basis, and I want to help a charity make a difference.”

The Charity is one especially close to heart for the Sheffield group of restaurants.

“A manager at our Valley Centertainment store has a nephew currently at the Hospital,” griller Michael Kontou, who will have his back waxed, said.

“So it would mean a lot to him especially if we can contribute something worthwhile to the charity.”

As well as the sponsored hair loss, Nando’s will provide refreshments, free chicken and other attractions such as face painting.

“A lot of people have been surprised when I’ve told them what I’m planning,” Grace added.

“And I suppose it is quite a strong thing for a girl to do.

“But really, the only reason not to do it is vanity.

“It’ll take quite a while to grow back, so people will want to know why I did it, which will raise more awareness.

“Hopefully, the effects will be felt for some time to come.”

n The charity day will be held at Nando’s on West Street tomorrow, between 10am and 12pm. To sponsor Grace, visit www.justgiving.com/Grace-Jenkins2.