18th Oct, 2017

Balsall Common woman 'braves the shave' in memory of her grandmother

Shaun Reynolds 9th Oct, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A WOMAN from Balsall Common will be attempting to raise £500 for MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of her late Grandmother.

Zoe Speed, aged 28, will be shaving her head on Saturday (October 10) as part of the new campaign ‘Brave the Shave’.

To add to the main fundraising event, Zoe will also be hosting a coffee morning and plans to have tombolas, children’s lucky dips and selling donated items.

The mother of two is currently attending Solihull College studying at higher education level which will enable Zoe to become a nurse next year.

Zoe said her inspiration is entirely down to her Grandmother and the support she – and her family – received from the MacMillan nurses.

She added: “My Grandmother was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer last December and was given just six weeks to live.

“She passed away in February and it all happened very suddenly and we barely had time to process what was happening.

“She was happy, comfortable. and we have those memories to hold on to – I’m so very greatful to have the last few memories of her being in her own home.”

The head shave will take place at 11am at the Jubilee Centre, Station Road, in Balsall Common.

Some great prizes for the raffle have also been donated with a free night’s b&b at the Knighton Hotel, jewellery designed by Fleur Hastings and two £5 vouchers for A1 Motor Store in Balsall Common.

Zoe said she would like to thank CP’s Barbers in Balsall Common for sponsoring her – and for carrying out the head shave on the day.

She added: “This is the first charity event I’ve taken part in and the first I’ve organised.

“I am very excited to raise money for MacMillan and I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of local people in Balsall Common.”

If you would like to donate to Zoe’s cause then visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/zoe-speed/

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