St Albans woman left bald but proud after charity head shave

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 May 2016

Head shave

Head shave


No-one is wishing that the weather gets warmer than Sam Jacobs after having her head shaved for charity.

Head shaveHead shave

Sam, 50, decided to part company with her tresses to raise money for Mind in Mid Herts which helped her get back on her feet after a breakdown.

She had plenty of support when she went along to Vanilla Hair Studio in Borehamwood and hairdresser Taz gave everyone a go with the razor including Sam’s mum who had come up from Bristol to witness the event.

Sam was a successful sales director working in the City of London but after years of ever-increasing corporate demands, the intensity of such a high-pressured environment grew too much.

She suffered a breakdown in 2003 and after many years of all guises of therapy she finally found long-term support from Mind in Mid Herts.

Sam before the head shaveSam before the head shave

The charity, which has a centre in St Albans, helped Sam to get back on her feet through constant support and an understanding of the triggers that could cause her to collapse.

Mind has been there when she has had a relapse and Sam said: “This level of understanding has been invaluable and has been a real help toward keeping me stable.”

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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