New College Photography lecturer to shave head for Cancer Research and Little Princess Trust

30 Sep 2020 Clare Ashley

Photography Lecturer, Clare Ashley, who has worked at New College for 8 years, has decided to shave her hair off on 1st October, in order to raise money for Cancer Research and The Little Princess Trust.

Clare explained that sadly over the years, she has seen students and colleagues suffer with Cancer. She said: “My own Nan died of pancreatic cancer 9 years ago and now my two best friends are living with cancer and have had treatment throughout the height of the Covid 19 pandemic. I can’t physically be there to support them through their treatments, but in July I decided to shave my head this term to try and raise £2,000 to show them my support and try to raise funds for Cancer Research and The Princess Trust.”

She added: “Sadly after starting fundraising, a local legend, Mario Freti, died of Cancer. I have worked for Fabios, so I upped my target to £3,000. I wanted to pay my respects to him too, and this was the only way I could think to do it!”

Clare will be shaving her head in College at 10:30am on 1st Oct. With just a few days to go, she is asking for all the support she can get.

Clare said: “I’m blown away by the kindness of colleagues who have already sponsored £545 towards my fundraising. 1 in 2 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives and it’s such an awful disease, let’s do something to help defeat it together.”

Clare’s Cancer Research fundraising page if you’d like to donate: GoFundMe - I'm shaving my head for Cancer Research if you’d like to donate to Little Princess Trust then find out more at Justgiving - Clare's Shaving her head for Cancer Research