As part of ‘Brave the Shave’, a national fund-raising initiative set up by Macmillan cancer support, two incredibly thoughtful staff of Belmont care home in Lancashire stepped up to the barber’s seat and sat bravely as their hair was completely shaven off for the charity.

In such an uplifting moment, the staff decided to surprise residents in their revelation by rolling up in comical red and green wigs, astonishing everyone. “They didn’t recognise until we had the ‘big reveal’ and took off the wigs”, said Activity Coordinator, Lynne Cottam. Natalie Tidy, home Administrator, was the other admirable staff member who took part.

Pictured above is Lynne with Alice Johnson, a resident at the home who decided to try on one of the wigs.

The bold and bald move has so far raised an extraordinary £1182.30 for the charity from the home, with support from colleagues, residents and their friends and family. “We have had brilliant support since deciding to take part”, said Lynne. “Thank to everyone who helped us reach such a successful total!”


Putting a colourful and creative take on an activity, the staff and residents at Belmont decided to hold their own Mad Hatter’s tea party. With a feast of jam tarts and a greeting from the Queen of Hearts, it was an exciting day for all. The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts were visiting actors on the day from the Vintage Scene Academy.

Belmont’s oldest resident, Magaret Bamber, at 106 years young, loved getting involved in the day. “She loved creating bubbles from the little bubble bottles we provided”, said Natalie, Home Administrator.