A good neighbour is set to lose her locks to support her friend as she undergoes treatment for cancer.
Ann Rudd is having her head shaved to support friend and neighbour Christine Bailey, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, and is now is on a course of chemotherapy.
The haircut will take place at the King Billy pub, in Kingsthorpe Village, at 9pm on Saturday, February 16.
Mrs Bailey, aged 61, discovered a lump when she returned from a holiday in Egypt last September and had to have a mastectomy. She started chemotherapy in January and has four more cycles of treatment ahead of her.
She said she was “blown away” by her friend’s support.
Mrs Rudd, aged 48, is a senior healthcare assistant on Cedar Ward at Northampton General Hospital, where she used to work with Mrs Bailey.
She and Mrs Bailey both live in the same street in Kingsthorpe.
She said: “Christine has done a lot for me over the years and I don’t want her to feel alone. She was the one who really got me the job at the hospital.
“We’ve been on holiday with our families together and she’s been there for me when I needed someone to talk to.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. I have quite short hair anyway and will be able to grow it back quite quickly.
“If blokes can do it and feel comfortable, then why can’t women?”
Mrs Bailey said: “I think she’s brilliant - I am very moved by it. I’ve known Ann for a long time and I would do anything for her. She just didn’t want me to feel alone.
“When someone does that for you, you can’t explain how you feel. I’m just blown away by it.
“I am thinking very positively - what you see is what you get. It is not going to get me down. I’ve got things to do and places to go, and I am a young 61. I’m not going to give up.”
The money raised on the night will go to the breast care services department at NGH.