Braving the shave for cancer

Colin and Maggie Morrison taking part in Brave the Shave by having their hair shaved off at Inspirations hairdressers, Sleaford.
Colin and Maggie Morrison taking part in Brave the Shave by having their hair shaved off at Inspirations hairdressers, Sleaford.

It was a case of hair today, gone tomorrow for Colin and Maggie Morrison who are raising funds for the charity that is helping a terminally ill family member.

The couple took the plunge and underwent full head shaves in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Inspirations hairdressers in Market Place.

Colin (65) said: “My brother was diagnosed with terminal cancer five to six weeks ago and has another eight weeks at the most.

“When he was told he was devastated. The Macmillan nurses got involved and really helped support him and completely changed his outlook.”

His brother Trevor (71), lives in Nottingham – Colin explained: “His cancer started in his pancreas and has spread to his liver, lungs and into his bones.

“When we heard about ‘Brave the Shave’ on the radio, we decided we wanted to join in and help.”

The couple aimed to raise at least £500 from the sponsored head shave, which was watched by family and friends, but have already raised £620 so far.

Colin added: “Everybody had a go with the clippers. The staff in the hairdressers were great and tidied it up at the end for us.

“We don’t have exactly matching hair-dos as Maggie’s is a bit longer than mine.”

Inspirations owner Natalie Mackinder said: “I think Maggie, being a woman, was a bit more nervous than Colin but they were both very brave to go ahead with it.

“We let their friends and family watching have a go to make it fun and then finished it off for them.”

Macmillan Cancer RSupport’s Brave the Shave is a nationwide campaign that is raising vital funds for the charity.

The idea is that by braving the shave people will be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan can help people take control back from cancer.

The charity says: “Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel.

So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here.

Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.”

There is still time to help Colin and Maggie raise more funds for Macmillan by sending a cheque marked out to Brave the Shave Macmillan Cancer Care to: 2 Spriggs Close, Sleaford, NG34 7UW.