Long Sutton mum’s close shave in memory of her dad

Helen and her mum, Edna, at the Brave the Shave fundraiser in memory of John Walsham. SG211115-168TW
Helen and her mum, Edna, at the Brave the Shave fundraiser in memory of John Walsham. SG211115-168TW

Mum of two Helen Deans hopes to raise more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after braving the shave at the pub where her late dad, John Walsham, had captained the pool team.

Helen (46), from Long Sutton, suffers from the neurological illness ME and couldn’t manage a sponsored walk or bike ride.

Helen Deans with hair ... and Samantha Williams with a razor. SG211115-166TW

Helen Deans with hair ... and Samantha Williams with a razor. SG211115-166TW

She said: “I wanted to raise some money and then I saw Macmillan’s Brave the Shave on Facebook and thought it’s fate, I think this is a sign that I have got to do it.”

Her dad John Walsham (80), also from Long Sutton, passed away from cancer in March this year after being diagnosed with the illness in May 2014.

Until the latter stages of his illness, John remained captain of the pool team at the Horse and Groom pub in Holbeach.

Helen had her head shaved by landlord’s daughter, Samantha Williams, in a bar crowded by family and friends, including her mum Edna.

She said the shave went very well – and Samantha was talking her through it.

Days later Helen shaved her own head again in a personal tribute to a man she’d never even met after hearing of another family’s loss via Facebook.

The mum is lining up other fundraising events because as well as getting help from Macmillan, her dad benefited from the services of St Barnabas, Marie Curie and the district nurses at Long Sutton Health Centre.

Helen said: “I think they were all golden and I just want to give something back and I am going to do something for each one of them.”

The family’s link with the pool team remains because Helen’s son, Matthew, plays there.

She said: “He’s in the pool team and he’s the captain and he’s keeping the legacy going.”

Helen, who is married to Chris, also has a daughter, Rebecca (17).

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