A DISTRICT nurse from Balsall Common shaved all her hair to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Michelle Hunt raised nearly £500 for the cancer charity by shaving off her red hair.
The 46-year-old said: “My partner and I have always joked about shaving my head so when Macmillan’s Brave the Shave advert came on the television, I decided to give it a go.
“People tell me I am so brave for shaving my hair off when I actually think it’s the people living with cancer that are the brave ones.
“My Nan and my partner’s mum died of cancer, and I sadly have family members who are currently living with cancer.
“Taking part in Brave the Shave was my way of remembering and supporting them.’
Michelle sometimes works alongside Macmillan nurses in her role as a district nurse, particularly when providing care to people living with cancer.
Michelle said: “As a district nurse, I provide end of life care to cancer patients in the community.
“It is such a privilege to support the patient and their family during this time.
“Providing end of life care often involves working with Macmillan community nurses, so I have seen firsthand the important work they do.
“I hope the money raised will help them to continue supporting people living with cancer.’
Since 2015, more than 59,000 fundraisers have shaved their heads for Macmillan, raising over £16.8 million.
This amount could fund the entire Macmillan Cancer Support Line phone service for three years – helping thousands of people living with cancer to access expert information and support when they need it most.
Jayna Kawa, regional fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Funds raised through the Brave the Shave campaign will help Macmillan to support people with cancer from the moment they are diagnosed.
“This is why Michelle’s efforts mean so much to us and the people we support.
“Every penny Michelle has raised will have us to make a really difference to the lives of people living with cancer in Solihull, and for that we are incredibly grateful.”
To find out how you can support Macmillan locally, contact Jayna Kawa by emailing [email protected] or calling 07458128604.