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Daughter's bald and beautiful tribute to mother
A woman proved that you can be bald and beautiful after she shaved her hair off in memory of her loving mother.
Ionie James (pictured) was looked after by Saint Hospice's Hospice at Home team before she died in 2012 and since then her daughter Joanna James has wanted to support the charity.
And having her hair shaved off at Hair Touch in Goodmayes and raising more than £670 for the hospice was a very personal tribute to her mother.
"From the age of 16 I have been doing my mum's hair and I know how it made her feel," said Joanna, who works as a Detention Officer with the Metropolitan Police in Barking.
"Every morning I get up and I have a choice about how to do my hair but you do not have that choice when cancer takes over.
"Having my hair shaved was like a cleansing process and has brought me a bit closer to how my mum felt.
"It was both liberating and emotional and I want people to see that you can be bald and very beautiful.
"It was an act of selflessness that we all need to do more often."
Joanna, 41, said the charity's Hospice at Home team made sure her mum was always comfortable and were a great support to her grieving family.
"The things they did for my mum and for us were amazing," said Joanna, who lives with her son in South Ockendon.
"They were so gentle and so professional and they made such a difference.
"They made mum comfortable and enabled us to get some rest while they stayed at her bedside."
And she paid tribute to her "selfless" mother who put everyone's needs before her own.
"I feel she sacrificed her life for me and my brother and we are so grateful," she added.
"What my parents have taught us is that no matter what we are going through or what situation we are dealing with, we must always keep positive. My mother showed this until her dying day."
"Take away all the outer beauty and what really matters is the inner beauty that we must all try to embrace and make shine.
"I'm proud to be the daughter of Ionie James and will continue to praise her strength at such a difficult time."
Pictured: Joanna with her hair shaved off