Working with patients with brain injuries inspired Research Nurse Mary Howard-Johnes to have half her head shaved for charity.
Mary, who has worked at Salford Royal for three and a half years, decided to go for the half and half look because she’s cared for so many people who have felt self-conscious after surgery for head injuries, strokes, brain tumours or neurological problems.
She is raising money for two charities – the national brain injury charity Headway and Salford’s brain and spine injury centre BASIC. Her efforts have also been inspired by her uncle, who died in Canada from a head injury a year ago.
Colleagues, patients and visitors cheered on the 26-year-old from the acute research delivery team as Consultant Neurosurgeon Dan Holsgrove shaved her head ‘operation style’ on 6 May, just before the start of Action for Brain Injury Week.
She also had an ‘I love research’ message written on her bald side to help promote the popular #whywedoresearch social media campaign.
Mary said: “Brain injury is sometimes a forgotten area but it can be catastrophic for patients – brain injuries are one of the biggest killers of young people. I’d really like to see more long-term services and support for people during recovery too.”