A VALE of Glamorgan septuagenarian has braved the shave to show her gratitude for health care she received.

74-year-old Ro Newman, from Barry, recently had her long locks chopped at The Hair Works in Penarth to raise money for The British Lung Foundation.

Explaining why she chose the charity, Ms Newman said: “Having been hospitalised twice in two months at the end of 2020 I was diagnosed with, among other things, significant blood clots in both of my lungs which has further affected my breathing and overall health.

“Although being treated, it has made a huge physical and mental change to my life.

“I'm shaving my head for British Lung Foundation because I'm grateful for the care I received in hospital.”

Barry And District News: Ro Newman with a banner before the shave

Ms Newman had support from staff at the salon, along with family and friends while the deed was done – the second time she has braved the shave in 20 years; her previous effort was in support of a friend with cancer.

Barry And District News: Ro Newman had her head shaved by Cath at The Hair Works

Pam Bowen, who is Community Champion for Morrison’s in Barry, presented the brave septuagenarian with a bunch of flowers, chocolates, and a balloon which Ms Newman described as a “total surprise” – with her thanking the superstore for their generosity.

She also thanked Geoff Selby, of Bro Radio, for interviewing her and helping her gain publicity.

“I want to say a huge thank you,” said Ms Newman.

“Not only to my family who have wholeheartedly given their love and support throughout, but also to friends – old and new – including from Penarth Methodist Church.

“Thank you also to many people that I don’t know who have generously donated money to the charity and sent me lovely supportive messages.

“I know that the British Lung Foundation will use every pound wisely in their research and development of drugs and treatment for everyone who suffers from lung disease."

Barry And District News: Ro Newman after braving the shave - for the second time in 20 years

She has raised nearly £1,000 on her JustGiving page available at www.justgiving/fundraising/ro-newman with the total raised “topping £1,800”.

British Lung Foundation is a UK charity which carries out research and helps those with lung conditions – find out more about them at www.blf.org.uk