23rd Oct, 2016

Meriden's Margaret braves the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support

Chris Willmott 14th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BRAVE Meriden resident successfully Braved the Shave last week and is looking to continue raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Margaret Castanheira is close to raising £100 for the worthy cause which provides support to those suffering from the disease in a range of ways.

The 44-year-old had her head shaved in support of her father who is battling three different types of cancer.

Despite it being her first charity event, Margaret – who cannot work through her own disability – is keen to raise further funds and want to continue the trend that no one faces cancer alone.

She said: “I’ve always had long hair ever since I was young so to have it all completely shaven off is a big difference.

“The biggest change has been how cold I’ve got without any hair on my head, it’s quite surprising.”

Margaret’s inspiration to put an end to her years of being used to long hair came through her dad.

However she didn’t want her disability to hinder her chances of raising funds – making Brave the Shave an ideal route to follow.

She added: “My dad suffers from three types of cancer, that’s why I decided to ‘Brave the Shave’.

“It’s so hard for people living with any type of the disease so any money I can raise for the cause is a bonus.

“Being disabled I struggle to get around and wouldn’t be able to complete any of the running tasks people often do.

“By having my hair cut off I could raise some cash and do something recognisable that would make people chuck a few quid in the bucket.”

Visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/margaret-castanheira if you’d like to donate to Margaret’s cause.