Baycrest Retirement Village's Judy Fisher, Joy Cotterill, Kerrie Cooper, Chris Stehbens, Marilyn Brown, Fiona Cozens, Deb Paterson and Maureen Whitby get ready to give Sue Davidson a trim after they raised more than $10,000 for Shave for a Cure.
Baycrest Retirement Village's Judy Fisher, Joy Cotterill, Kerrie Cooper, Chris Stehbens, Marilyn Brown, Fiona Cozens, Deb Paterson and Maureen Whitby get ready to give Sue Davidson a trim after they raised more than $10,000 for Shave for a Cure. Alistair Brightman

Aged care nurse still smiling after $10,000 haircut

SUE Davidson loves her hair - so it took $10,000 to convince the aged care nurse to lose her locks.

Baycrest Retirement Community care co-ordinator, Ms Davidson told residents and nurses she would have her head shaved if they managed to raise the whopping sum - but she was shocked when they actually came up with the cash.

They took up the challenge and yesterday Ms Davidson lost the locks for the leukaemia foundation's World's Greatest Shave.

"Everyone here has raised over $10,000, how good is that," she said.

"The girls who work here at Baycrest have fundraised with family and friends and the residents here have also helped out."

The prospect of losing hair can make some people nervous but Ms Davidson is not worried.

"I'm exited actually, it's quite a liberating experience and it's for a great cause," she said.

"The leukaemia foundation does a marvellous job, and it's for the residents, it's for the good feeling of the residents."

Ms Davidson said she probably picked a bad time to lose the warm locks.

"It might be a bit cold coming up but who cares, I'm just really excited," she said.

"I'd also like to thank Anita Hopgood from neat-as hairdressing for cutting everyone's hair."

She capped off a list of women at the Baycrest Retirement village who shaved their heads for the event.

About 35 people a day are diagnosed with a blood-related disorder which ends up being about 11,500 Australians a year.

The leukaemia foundation has raised $17 million nationally for their World's Greatest Shave fundraising event but the community can still make a donation to fight blood cancer.

To make a donation, visit worldsgreatestshave.com or leukaemia. org.au.