Carer in a bald move for cancer fighter Rebekah

Tracey Baxter (front) has raised about �450 after having headshave to help lifelong friend Rebekah Dolby who has oesophageal cancer.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Tracey Baxter (front) has raised about �450 after having headshave to help lifelong friend Rebekah Dolby who has oesophageal cancer. Photo by Tim Wilson.

A full-time carer from Spalding has made a bald – and bold – move to help her lifelong friend who has terminal 
cancer.

Tracey Baxter (47) of Chestnut Avenue was the subject of a very public headshave as family friends watched her husband Nigel make headway with a pair of clippers last Saturday to raise money for mum-of-four Rebekah Dolby (33) who has cancer of the oesophagus or food pipe.

Family and friends watch as 'Tracey Baxter (front) has her head shaved by husband Nigel for lifelong friend Rebekah Dolby who has oesophageal cancer.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Family and friends watch as 'Tracey Baxter (front) has her head shaved by husband Nigel for lifelong friend Rebekah Dolby who has oesophageal cancer. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The haircut raised about £450 towards the mortgage on Rebekah’s home in Queens Road, Spalding, which she wants to leave to her mum Teresa and children, aged between two and 13.

Doctors have given Rebekah just 11 months to live and Tracey said: “I was gutted to hear of my friend’s illness and I felt like I’d been hit by a bag of bricks.

“When I found out that Rebekah’s family was trying to raise money to pay off the mortgage, I thought about doing the headshave because I’ve known her all my life.”

The headshave and other fundraising events have raised at least £5,000 towards the £20,000 needed to settle Rebekah’s mortgage.

Tasha Arnold (38), Rebekah’s sister, said: “It’s really amazing of Tracey to have her head shaved and there were about 20 of us at her house to give their support.

“Rebekah’s doing alright and she’s holding her own at the moment.”