Wild and wacky hair on display at annual charity Wig Walk in Gateshead

Folk turned out in their brightest headgear for the FACT Wig Walk in Swalwell, Gateshead

The Wig Walk at Swalwell Cricket Club
The Wig Walk at Swalwell Cricket Club

Think you’re having a bad hair day? Well take a look at this lot.

Hairdos from the bright to the bizarre were on offer at the annual charity Wigwalk.

The event, which raises money for the Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT) charity saw participants turn out in their most elaborate wigs to raise awareness of, and funds to help fight, cancer.

People of all ages wore weird and wacky hairpieces to enjoy the fun fitness event at Swalwell Cricket Ground in Gateshead.

Former NUFC striker Joe Allon was on hand to start the race, while staff from Durham University volunteered to steward it.


FACT Cancer is a Gateshead-based charity, founded by Joanne Smith, of Whickham, after suffering from breast cancer in 2005.

Joanne was celebrating her daughter Molly’s second birthday when she found out she had breast cancer.

And after undergoing a double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstruction surgery, Joanne felt the need to reach out to the many who are diagnosed with cancer every day.

FACT now provide support, education and help strengthen partnerships with health professionals.

Joanne said: “This is not only a great way to support FACT, but also a great camaraderie opportunity for teams if they represent businesses, organisations or schools.

“We are incredibly grateful to all participants who continue to raise much needed funds for FACT.”

The Wigwalk took place last Friday. For more information on FACT and other upcoming events visit www.fact-cancersupport.co.uk


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