FIREFIGHTERS proved on Wednesday that they are not only committed to saving lives through putting out fires but also by raising much-needed funds for charity.
The Blue Watch Highgate fire service all had their heads shaved to support Birmingham breast cancer support group - Breast Friends.
The group of 30 visited Spire Parkway Hospital in Damson Wood to support the event organised by Diane Gibson - a patient of the hospital’s fast access breast clinic who was diagnosed with cancer a week before Christmas.
To kick-off the morning, the 52-year-old who is currently undergoing chemotherapy with the clinic had her head shaved first and the supporting firefighters soon followed.
“Initially, my son Steve said that he would come along and have his head shaved to support me.
“But when he told his work colleagues from the fire brigade, they all wanted help,” said the Knowle resident.
“It is wonderful to see such support and we have had many generous sponsors including someone, who wishes to remain anonymous, paying us £50 for each head shaved.”
Diane has been a foster carer for the past 16 years but now she is the one paying her respects for being looked after so well.
“Having breast cancer is not a nice thing, but the clinic at Spire Parkway is so welcoming and friendly that I’m not having such a tough time.
“I want people to know that though it is terrifying being told you have cancer, you should not feel on your own and the right support is there for you.
“The clinic has been integral to my treatment.”
Birmingham-based specialist hair salon Pink, which caters for anyone suffering from temporary hair loss such as alopecia or chemotherapy, also supported the event by shaving off the hair.
Hospital director for Spire Parkway, Will Knights said they were hoping to raise £1,500 towards the charity.