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Bald women take on TV's Eggheads to raise awareness of Alopecia

Coventry Editorial 15th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY’S Marie Jenks has joined a team of bald women for a unique episode of BBCTV quiz show ‘Eggheads’ – to raise awareness of the hair-loss condition Alopecia.

The BBC2 show this Thursday (March 17) at 6pm features the team of five, which is also seeking to raise funds – by scooping the show’s cash prize – for the auto-immune condition which causes partial or total hair loss.

They will be seen taking on the show’s regular ‘eggheads’ – know-alls billed as ‘possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain’.

Marie has been bald since 1999. She initially focused on getting treatments and hiding her condition.

With the help of national charity Alopecia UK, she slowly grew in confidence, culminating in her appointment as lead of the Birmingham Support Group early last year.

The only thing holding her back was her wig and so she made a decision to ditch it, ‘coming out’ on her 40th birthday.

She is now proud to be bald and promoting awareness.

She says “Now I feel good about it, but it has taken me a long time to get to a good place”.

The team is hoping to scoop the cash prize from the show, presented by Jeremy Vine, to boost the funds of the small charity Alopecia UK.