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Kidderminster woman has head shaved for brain tumour charity
6:10am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER mother said it was “liberating” to have her hair shaved off to mark 10 years since her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Claire Savage-Tyas, 51, is raising money for brain tumour charity Hammer Out, after her husband Gary was diagnosed in 2003.
Despite surgery, Mr Savage-Tyas was diagnosed with a second tumour in 2008 and has lost a considerable amount of vision, his sense of smell, short term memory ability and has been left with epilepsy.
Mrs Savage-Tyas, who works in a Stourbridge school as a teaching assistant, said: “He is the centre of my onion and I have huge admiration for him. We are lucky, we still have Gary with us, even though there has been a subsequent tumour.”
The mother-of-two decided to have her head shaved after her son Sam’s wedding to avoid stealing the limelight.
She added: “It’s liberating. It saves hours in the morning. Everybody’s been so supportive and shocked. People have told me I have a lovely head and that it really suits me.
“My decision to do a head shave to raise money for Hammer Out, came as a bit of a shock to almost everyone – me included.
“I was wearing my bandana in school on March 1. One of the mums commented that my head would be itchy by the end of the day, and then I heard myself say ‘not as itchy as when I have my head shaved’.”
Mrs Savage-Tyas’ school also had a non-uniform day where children wore headscarves and bandanas to support Hammer Out.
She added: “I admire all those who swim the channel or bike ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, neither of which I can do, but I can do this and at 50 plus, I think it’s pretty brave of me.”
To donate visit justgiving.com/Claire-Savage-Tyas
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