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Hospital volunteer Dick Hall braves the shave for charity

A man who has volunteered at City Hospital for 13 years has shaved half of his hair on his head and and face to raise money for charity.

Dick Hall, who volunteers in the Main Outpatient’s Department, is raising money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity and Alzheimer's Research UK.

He decided to go what he calls ‘Arf ‘n’ Arf’ because he wasn’t sure if he’d like a fully shaved head.

Dick said his hair used to be relatively close cropped all round but he’s not had so much as a trim since June 2020 and he thought he shouldn’t waste an opportunity when getting it cut.

Dick wanted to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity for two reasons: “Firstly, I’ve volunteered at City Hospital for 13 years, where we help in any way we can,” he said.

“We Meet and Greet patients and visitors, give directions, escort/transport whenever necessary and do whatever errands the staff or patients require.

“I always look forward to the three days I spend there, all the staff around the area are lovely and without fail it’s a very rewarding experience.

“Secondly, I was chosen to be the patient for the training video for the SWAN project which is part of the mandatory training for staff."

The Swan model of end of life and bereavement care is used to support and guide the care of patients and their loved ones that we care for at the end of life and after they have died.

Dick continued: “Basically, I became aware of the need to make the most of what is a one-off chance to provide care, compassion and memories in what are times of great uncertainty.

“What’s not to like about providing the best environment for all involved, whether it be the patient, family, friends or the staff.”

Dick, who is a regular at The Waggon and Horses pub, Redhill, said he chose to raise money for his second charity, Alzheimer's Research UK, because the pub’s landlord’s mother had been affected by the disease.

You can show your support to Dick and donate to the charities here.

 

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