Students shave their heads to support their friend

Lotte, Kate and Hannah

Kate (centre) with the head shave organisers Lotte Cutts (left) and Hannah Shackleton (right)

A group of King's students are shaving their heads to show support for their friend and fellow student Kate McCutcheon, and to raise money for charity.

Kate was diagnosed with a brain tumour just after she returned from summer vacation last September. She had the tumour removed but is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and is cropping her hair before it falls out.

One of the organisers of the event, Hannah Shackleton, says that Kate will find it tough to lose her hair: "Kate’s quite a girly girl and likes going out and getting dressed up so it’s quite a big deal for her, and we wanted to show solidarity."

The seventeen undergraduates 
and recent graduates are not only showing solidarity but also raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Those with long hair will be donating it to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children.

The collective shaving will take place in the college bar on Saturday 26 November. To sponsor the students please visit their JustGiving website or donate £5 by texting BJBV47 £5 to 70070. They aim to raise £10,000 and have raised over £7,000 so far.

Kate has been told there is a low risk of the cancer returning and everyone at King's is looking forward to her resuming her studies in the next academic year.

18 November 2011