a row of barbers' scissors, hanging from hooks on a wooden board

Bernadette is a patient at Moorfields. She wanted to fundraise for children at Moorfields Eye Hospital, so she got sponsored to shave her hair off!

Bernadette has a rare aneurysm and as a result has lost the central vision in her left eye. Ever since she has been coming from her home in Derby to Moorfields Eye Hospital to receive treatment. 

What is an aneurysm?

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An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, usually where it branches. Aneurysms can develop anywhere in the body but the two most common places are in the brain and the heart.

Choosing to fundraise

Bernadette appreciates the opportunity she has had to receive treatment at Moorfields. 

I have been attending Moorfields for over six years - I have had injections and laser treatment, and I am lucky to be getting treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital,” she explains.

Bernadette wanted to find a way to give back and support the research at Moorfields – specifically for children with eye cancer. 

There are times I cry, but as an adult I understand that life will not be the same as before and I can and will cope. These children are very young and should be enjoying life and not have the worry of loss of sight.”

Bernadette decided to get sponsored to shave off her hair and to donate the funds to Moorfields Eye Charity and the Royal Derby Hospital.

By raising money for eye cancer in children, the specialists at Moorfields Eye Hospital may one day be able to find a cure so that children can see and enjoy what is around them.


Chopping the locks

In June 2017, Bernadette rose to the challenge and shaved off her hair at the Royal Derby Hospital – who very kindly provided a special room and a cancer hairdresser to do the job!

Bernadette’s efforts raised a brilliant £200 for Moorfields Eye Charity and the Royal Derby Hospital. 

Reflecting on her experience, Bernadette says, Although my sight will never go back to normal, I get on with life and I am very careful to make sure I look after my eyes.”

Well done, Bernadette - and thank you!