WATCH: Mum has her head shaved to help vital cancer charity

An Alnwick woman whose father was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer has had her head shaved, in aid of a charity which supports people with the disease.

Nicola Smith, known as Nicky, did the deed on Sunday, having her long locks removed by a member of staff from Market Place-based barbers, Clippers For Men.

Before: Nicola Smith with a full head of hair. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Before: Nicola Smith with a full head of hair. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

The 47-year-old’s efforts were part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave The Shave fund-raiser. And Nicky is closing in on her £1,000 target.

She said: “I work in palliative care, which I find very rewarding, however, my father was diagnosed with bowel cancer a few months ago and I got to experience what it was like to be on the receiving end of all the fantastic care provided.

“My friends and I have also lost a lot of people to cancer, so these things inspired me to Brave The Shave.

“I have had long hair most of my life and it was my pride and joy, so let’s hope I can reach my fund-raising target, which I am close to reaching.

After: A shorn Nicola with her family. Picture by Jane Coltman

After: A shorn Nicola with her family. Picture by Jane Coltman

“The head shave was something that needed to be done and I was the one that ended up doing it and I have received fantastic support from everybody.”

Nicky’s 14-year-old son, Jordan, cut one of her pony tails during the head shave.

The mum-of-one, from Towergate, wanted to donate her chopped locks to be used as wigs, but has been unable to because her hair was coloured, instead of being natural.

Despite having her beloved hair cut off, Nicky says she is comfortable with her new look. “It is fine,” she said. “It is chilly, but it feels refreshing.”

Every penny raised from the Brave The Shave initiative will help Macmillan give people with cancer and their families the specialised support they need, when they need it most.

For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or see bravetheshave.org.uk for more details about the fund-raising initiative.

To sponsor Nicky, visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shav ers/nicky-smith/