After seeing many of her family, friends and patients affected by cancer and other life-changing illnesses, a dental nurse is to have her hair shaved off for charity.

Since turning 50 last May, Sarah Robinson, from Leyburn, has reflected a great deal on the value of health.

She explained: “Many of my close friends, family members and patients I see at work have encountered life-changing health issues and illnesses.

“Many have been affected by cancer and sadly some of them are no longer with us. Some are on their treatment journey and amazingly many have fought courageously and are on the other side.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sarah Robinson, who is to have her head shaved, with colleagues at Leyburn Dental Practice

Having previously run the Race for Life and the Great North Run, she felt the need to do something that would push her out of her comfort zone and announced to her shocked family, friends and colleagues that she was having her hair shaved off.

Sarah continued: “Lots of people encountering chemotherapy amongst other reasons for hair loss don't have that choice and they are dealing with illness, worry and dreadful side effects.”

She has chosen to raise money for The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Northallerton.

Her bad hair day will take place later this month at the dental practice on a training day as her colleagues have been so supportive to her fundraising. She initially aimed at raising £1,000 but has already reached almost £3,500 mark.

To donate, call in at Leyburn Dental Practice, or visit