Jane Woodcock raises £500 for charity headshave

Jane with back, mum Brenda Machin, husband Mark Woodcock, salon owner Stephen Palmer, Emma Ketteringham
Jane with back, mum Brenda Machin, husband Mark Woodcock, salon owner Stephen Palmer, Emma Ketteringham

A WOMAN with a rare neurological disorder has raised £500 for the charity that supports her with a headshave.

Jane Woodcock, 48, of The Gables, Bourne suffers from idiopathic intracranial hypertension, otherwise known as IIH.

The condition causes acute migraines and affects Jane’s speech, memory and movement.

On Tuesday Jane’s family gathered at Palmers Hair Salon in Abbey Road, Bourne, to watch salon owner Stephen Palmer shave her head to raise money for IIH UK. The charity helps sufferers of the condition and has given Jane a lot of support.

Through sponsorship Jane raised more than £500.

She said: “I’m a bit cold around the ears now but I’m quite liking it which is very strange.

“Staff from the charity were waiting for the photos and I have had their full support, so to raise more than £500 is really good.”

Jane’s condition means the space around her brain is filled with excess spinal fluid, which causes intense pressure inside her skull.

She has been receiving treatment at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London since 2007. Doctors tried using lumber punctures to try and relieve the pressure on her brain and installed a device known as a shunt into her spine to drain some of the excess fluid.

But the spinal shunt is draining too much fluid, so Jane is now set to have surgery on October 29 to have another shunt placed inside her skull.

She is now looking forward to getting the procedure out of the way.

Jane added: “The surgeon is one of the best in the country and I have every faith in him.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Jane-Woodcock4 to donate to IIH UK.