A KIND-HEARTED Solihull women went under the shaver to Brave the Shave to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lynne Fitzgerald, braved the ‘hair-raising’ shave on Halloween (Saturday, October 31) in honour of her mother and others who have lost their battle with cancer.
The 69-year-old decided to take the plunge in honour of the patients she saw while working in the Business Office at Spire Parkway Solihull.
She took on the challenge at Westwood Hair and Beauty in Balsall Common where salon manager Dawn Wellington volunteered to shave off Lynne’s hair.
Lynne said: “The weather was not the best on Saturday and ordinarily I would have thought what a day to go to the hairdressers, but on this occasion my hairdo was not in any jeopardy of being ruined.
“I must admit my head feels a little strange at the moment but as of yet I haven’t felt the cold although I do have a couple of hats just in case.”
Lynne initially set out to raise £500 but thanks to generous donors she beat that target and set her sights on £1,000.
However she has doubled this and so far she has raised £2,007.
She said: “Working in the hospital we would see lots of people coming to receive treatment for cancer.
“It just makes you think that all of these people who are having chemo don’t really get the choice of whether they lose their hair or not and they all do it with such dignity.
“I have been thinking of doing the shave for over a year now and I thought don’t put it off any longer lets just see how much I can raise for this worthy charity.”
Lynne said many people have said she is brave for taking on the challenge but she doesn’t see it as brave compared to those fighting cancer.
She added: “My hair will grow back and if it doesn’t – I don’t mind.
“I’m loosing my hair by choice, thousands have no choice.
“I’m just trying to help others and raise money in memory of those who tragically lost their fight with cancer.
“I lost my mother to cancer several years ago now after she lost her battle.
“I’m sure everyone knows a friend or relative that they have lost.
“So many families have had the benefit and support from Macmillan and without them would be alone and suffering even more.
“Macmillan do such a wonderful job and are there to support patients and families in so many ways.
For more or to donate visit bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/lynne-fitzgerald
Lynne Fitzgerald gets ready to Brave The Shave.
Dawn Wellington puts the finishing touches to Lynne’s new hair style.