Retired nurse sheds locks to support Bude Foodbank

A retired local nurse and grandparent of 9 children, Liz Page was so inspired by the work of Bude Foodbank that she wanted to raise money for the cause. With hair clippers in hand, she asked her friends to sponsor her for losing her long curly locks of hair in exchange for a donation to the Bude Foodbank. 

Liz told us “I am so impressed and inspired by all that the food bank staff and volunteers do. They are amazing, they work unstintingly for this community. But without contributions and donation from generous givers the work could not go on. It’s about lots of people playing their part and doing what they can to help those less fortunate than themselves.” 

Liz who moved to Bude nearly 40 years ago, worked at Stratton Hospital bringing up her 4 children. In her spare time, she enjoys amongst other things, looking after her grandchildren, sewing, gardening, painting, baking and is a Christian who attends her local church. 

Speaking about her motivation to do the challenge, she said “I’ve never done a head shave before but I’ve often thought about it. I wasn’t dreading it, just a little apprehensive as the time approached. It’s a small sacrifice, many have suffered more and sacrificed a lot more for the love of others.

“My main motivation was to show love by helping in some way. I was hoping to raise £1,000 but that amount kept rising to around £2,000, I couldn’t believe it! Since losing my hair it’s actually quite freeing, lighter, fresher, like a new start. It’s also cooler obviously.”

She added “I love the town of Bude, it’s been the best place to live, I have been greatly blessed by the people and organisations in this community over nearly 40 years. I wanted to help somehow in some way. I have had to self isolate because Rich (my husband) is a high risk so I haven’t been able to help anyone practically. 

During the last week, Bude Foodbank has launched its Covid-19 Appeal as it’s seen a large growth in demand for its services over recent weeks. Bude Foodbank is asking local people to set up a monthly donation of £6 which will help support a family with food for a day.

To support Bude Foodbank with a donation, visit www.budefoodbank.org.uk/donate