Billericay woman shaves head for childhood cancer fundraiser

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A Billericay woman had all her hair shaved off this week to raise vital funds for Gold Geese, a local children’s cancer to support children and young people fighting cancer in the Southend and Basildon areas.

Ruth Sage, 64, hopes to raise £1500 for the charity through sponsorship, organising a fundraising dinner at Zen City and selling her home made crochet items.

Ruth’s hair is being donated to Little Princess Trust, so it can be used in real hair wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment.

Gold Geese provides practical and emotional support to local families of children and young people fighting cancer. Support is tailored to each family’s needs and ranges from funding for mental health therapy and food shop vouchers to toys, weekend trips away and practical help with travel to and from hospital.

Ruth said: “I’m chairwoman of Southend Tangent Club and chose to support Gold Geese this year as it’s such a worthwhile charity. My hair will grow back and although it’ll be chilly for a while it’s a small price to pay to help local families affected by childhood cancer.”

Katie Southgate, founder of Gold Geese, said: “We’re hugely grateful Ruth has chosen to support Gold Geese as we rely on community donations such as these to help local families affected by childhood cancer, we receive no government funding.”

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You can also donate to Gold Geese via text. Text GOLD followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70580 (for example, GOLD 50 to donate £50). Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.

For more information about the charity or to learn the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer visit


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