Hair’s off for cancer fund

LOCKS OFF: Michelle Vellam before her haircut for Cancer Research UK at Hedonism, Broad Street, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
LOCKS OFF: Michelle Vellam before her haircut for Cancer Research UK at Hedonism, Broad Street, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding food factory worker Michelle Vellam (48) is giving hope to hundreds of people affected by cancer in the area by having her hair cut off.

Michelle, of Roman Bank, went under the clippers and scissors of her regular hairdresser Annie Dodsworth at Hedonism in Broad Street on Tuesday to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Michelle Vellam with hairdresser Annie Dodsworth at Hedonism in Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Michelle Vellam with hairdresser Annie Dodsworth at Hedonism in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

More than £700 has been donated so far, including £200 from the staff shop at Bakkavor Spalding where Michelle works.

She said: “I decided to have my head shaved last September and a month later, I said I’d do it when the weather turned warmer.

“Nearly everybody has known someone who has had cancer, either in their family or a friends, and I’ve lost a lot of family to cancer.

“So I just thought of doing something to help someone by having my hair cut off and used as a wig.”

Nearly everybody has known someone who has had cancer, either in their family or a friends, and I’ve lost a lot of family to cancer.

Michelle Vellam

Figures from NHS Lincolnshire released in March 2013 showed that almost 3,200 people were recorded as being cancer patients in south Lincolnshire for the year 2010-11.

In terms of actual diagnoses, figures went up from 950 in 2006-07 to 1,214 in 2011-12, a rise of almost 28 per cent.

Michelle said: “My friend is going in for a cancer operation later this month and that’s all I could think of when I went to the hair salon.

“I was fine until about half an hour before the hair cut when I thought ‘am I doing the right thing’?

“My family kept telling me that I was brave, but I’m not the one fighting cancer every single day.

“I did the head shave out of choice but cancer patients don’t have a choice and we’ll probably never see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.”

After the haircut, Michelle’s fallen locks were bagged up and taken to Cancer Research UK in Hall Place to be sold as an extra fundraiser for the charity.

“I wore my hat when I went back to work, but a lot of people asked whether I’d had it done and one person said it suited me,” Michelle said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me, especially Bakkavor staff shop, and Annie Dodsworth at Hedonism who cut my hair.”

If you would like to make a donation to Michelle’s fundraising effort, visit https://www.justgiving.com/michelle-vellam/