Cecilia braves the shave to help understand trauma faced by cancer patients

Cecilia Holden from Potton prepares for the head shave.
Cecilia Holden from Potton prepares for the head shave.

A woman from Potton has had her head shaved to understand just one part of what some cancer patients have to face.

Cecilia Holden braved the head shave to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cecilia Holden from Potton after head shave

Cecilia Holden from Potton after head shave

The event was held at John O’Gaunt Golf Club on the Ladies Captain’s Day.

Cecilia said: “The experience was nothing like I expected, but it has been amazing, and I am totally humbled and grateful by people’s generosity to such a great cause.” She hopes to top the £1,500 mark.

She said: “I took on the challenge because I have lost too many people close to me to cancer. I wanted to understand just one small part of what cancer patients go through. I wanted to feel the trauma of losing my beloved pink hair, so I could try to understand the emotions that people go through during chemo.

“I know I will never really understand the big stuff – the pain, the treatment, the life-changing decisions, the devastating news – but if I could just understand some of the small stuff, I hoped it would make a difference.

“Brave the Shave has taught me to look at cancer patients in a different way – not with pity, but rather with admiration at their bravery, at their determination, and at their acceptance that this is what life will be like for a while.”

Cecilia added: “I’m a shaver, but I’m not brave. The Macmillan nurses are brave; the people they help are incredibly brave. Keep up the amazing work that you do Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Jessica Wilson, local fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “We know that cancer can turn your world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to your appearance.

“Cecilia was brave to shave. Thank you for raising an incredible amount which will support people affected by cancer.”

Macmillan Cancer Support have teams that will help you every step of the way when diagnosed with the disease. Nurses and therapists help you through treatment, there are experts on the end of the phone, people to help with benefits advice, volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things, campaigners improving cancer care - and fundraisers who make it all possible.