The former dementia nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital had styled the same look since 1986

Nurse in hair chop for Alzheimer's Society

Frank Brennan has his hair chopped off in aid of the Alzheimers's Society.

Frank Brennan has his hair chopped off in aid of the Alzheimers's Society.

Frank Brennan has his hair chopped off in aid of the Alzheimers's Society.

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A qualified mental health nurse has cut his hair off to raise awareness of an incurable degenerative disease.

Frank Brennan, a former dementia nurse at Whipps Cross hospital, has been sporting the same hair-style for 30 years, but this all changed today when his 16 in' locks were chopped off in aid of Alzheimer's Society.

The haircut took place inside The Mall in Walthamstow Shopping Centre and was watched by dozens of surprised shoppers.

Mr Brennan, Irish-born and living in Camden, has been working with Alzheimer patients for 30 years but recently lost his job at the Leytonstone hospital in March as a result of 'restructuring' within various departments.

The fundraising effort will coincide with national dementia week, which runs today.

The 53 year-old got inspired to make the change after his 83 year-old Aunt Gracie, who suffers with the disease, gave him the 'impetus' to style a new look.

"She commented on my hair recently and it made me laugh as you find people with dementia or Alzheimer’s loose the ability to sensor themselves and frankly, be honest.

"More importantly though, this is about making people aware that they shouldn't be ashamed of the disease and telling people there are ways to live with it," said Mr Brennan.

Mr Brennan has so far raised £600, but has set himself a target of £2,500. 

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8:12pm Sat 24 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

I ain't being funny, it has done him a favour.
I ain't being funny, it has done him a favour. Villagecranberry
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2:36pm Sun 25 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

It's character, not hair, which indicates a person's qualities; so it's down to your personal preference - perhaps you're just having a bad hair day.
It's character, not hair, which indicates a person's qualities; so it's down to your personal preference - perhaps you're just having a bad hair day. Thunderbird4
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8:56pm Sun 25 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
It's character, not hair, which indicates a person's qualities; so it's down to your personal preference - perhaps you're just having a bad hair day.
I'm completely bald, have had a bad hair decade.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: It's character, not hair, which indicates a person's qualities; so it's down to your personal preference - perhaps you're just having a bad hair day.[/p][/quote]I'm completely bald, have had a bad hair decade. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

5:18am Tue 17 Jun 14

angelina22 says...

Such fund raising efforts which is made and give and to raise this funds who are suffering with such diseases is an nice helping way which has made and even generated the hair style with new look.

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Such fund raising efforts which is made and give and to raise this funds who are suffering with such diseases is an nice helping way which has made and even generated the hair style with new look. http://hairrestorati onlondon.co.uk/ angelina22
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