Students shave their hair to support Alopecia UK

On Friday March 8 27 Cowley Sixth Form College students had their hair shaved or cut to raise money for Alopecia UK.

The event was organised by Year 12 student, Imogen King, who was diagnosed with Alopecia universalis (AU) in 2017.

Initially, 11 students had planned to have their hair cut short or shaved, however, after hearing Imogen talk and seeing other students take the plunge, the number of students who wanted to show their support saw queues forming the length of the hall and the half hour assembly ended up lasting three hours.

Imogen said: “I was overwhelmed with the number of students who took part and the amount of money raised on the day.”

Four hair stylists from Shimmers Hair Salon: Leon Fenney, Emma Stuart, Aimee Critchley and Emma Robinson, kindly offered their services.  Lynne Webster, Shimmers Hair Salon owner, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved. ”

“We have vast experience in supporting and advising clients who have suffered hair loss and we understand the impact that this can have on confidence.

“To see so many students supporting Imogen and for us to be part of this event to raise money for Alopecia UK has been brilliant.”

Hair from the event, which is believed could make 7-9 wigs, is being donated to the Little Princess Trust who provides free real-hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

So far, £907 has been raised. To donate to Imogen’s head shave fund, visit

 About Alopecia UK
Alopecia UK is a registered charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia through its aims of Support, Awareness and Research. The charity relies on individual fundraisers and donors to continue its work. Alopecia UK receives no government or statutory funding.