8th Dec, 2016

Store manager braves the shave and raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Shaun Reynolds 4th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A BOROUGH store manager successfully ‘braved the shave’ last week and raised £350 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

Mark Bentley took on the challenge of shaving his hair off after taking inspiration from a radio advert about Macmillan’s brave the shave event.

The 25-year-old Olton resident, who is store manager at the WHSmith store on Kings Heath high street, has surpassed his initial £300 fundraising target and is now aiming to break the £400 barrier within the next two weeks.

Mark said: “I haven’t any family affected by cancer but my father passed away from a heart condition when I was aged just nine – so I know the feeling that people get when they lose a loved one.

“It’s very hard when you lose someone and you never quite know when you’ll need Macmillan Cancer Support.

“It must be awful for people to lose their hair through cancer – for me it’s easy as mine will grow back but for others it will be hard.”

The former Langley Secondary School pupil admitted he felt the cold when leaving the Lee Scolding salon near Olton train station.

He added: “I’ve never done a charity event before and I’m not very sporty so a marathon is out of the question.

“However I felt a great feeling of satisfaction when leaving the salon knowing that I’d taken time out of my day to do something worthwhile and raise funds for a good cause in the process.

“Any help is appreciated and I’d like to thank Lee Scolding for helping me shave my hair off to raise funds for this great cause.”

Visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk and search for Mark Bentley to donate to his cause.