Scarborough woman set to brave the shave for patient care at Saint Catherine’s

Meshell Heelbeck, a mental health social worker, will lose her long locks on March 25, but is hoping her loss will be the hospice’s gain.

Meshell, 36, said: “Saint Catherine’s is an amazing charity and while I’m lucky that I’ve not had personal connections to those using the services I have had plenty of loved ones of people I know, and people I’ve helped support through my job role, who have needed the services and all have said how amazing it has been.”

This is not the first time Meshell has supported Saint Catherine’s by raising funds for Saint Catherine’s. In 2021, Meshell and her friend Claire Howard, raised £500 for patient care by challenging themselves to pick their combined bodyweight of 132kg in litter.

The total smashed their original target of £300 and Meshell now looks set to beat her £300 target for the head shave.

Susan Stephenson, communications and marketing manager, said: “We are very proud of Meshell for taking on this bold challenge! She has beautiful long hair and I think she is very brave to have her head shaved to help support our patients and families. On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I would like to thank her for her kindness and ongoing support.”

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