Whaplode family as one in head shave for cancer aid

FAMILY HAIRCUT: The Martin family of Whaplode, (clockwise from left) Craig, Charlie-Alan and Simone are all having their hair cut in Spalding on July 22 to raise money for Marie Curie.
FAMILY HAIRCUT: The Martin family of Whaplode, (clockwise from left) Craig, Charlie-Alan and Simone are all having their hair cut in Spalding on July 22 to raise money for Marie Curie.
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A family-of-three from Whaplode are to go under the hairdresser’s clippers together in a bid to raise £900 for terminally ill patients.

Craig (31), Simone (32) and Charlie-Alan (eight) Martin of Whaplode are giving new meaning to the phrase ‘family ties’ by having their hair cut low in aid of Marie Curie.

As Marie Curie helps so many people through such tough times, I’ll be having all my shoulder-length hair shaved off for the charity

Simone Martin of Whaplode

The family head shave was Simone’s idea after Craig lost both of his parents to cancer, within six years of each other, when each of them were aged in their fifties.

Simone said: “This fundraiser has been an important subject in my life as my stepmum works for Marie Curie as a nurse.

“She is such a wonderful, helpful person which is why, as Marie Curie helps so many people through such tough times, I’ll be having all my shoulder-length hair shaved off for the charity.”

The head shaves will take place at The Barbers Shop, New Road, Spalding, on Friday, July 22, but the family have turned to social media to raise money now, with the aim of raising £900 between the three of them.

Craig, who works at Bakkavor Pizza in Holbeach St Marks, said: “The drive to do this came from Simone after both of my parents passed away from cancer.

“My father was 54 and my mother was 55 when they died at a time when I was 15 and 21 respectively.

“I’d just taken my GCSEs when my father died and I’d just met my fiancee when my mother passed away.

“The goal is now to help in the fight against cancer because there’s no cure on the horizon for it yet.”

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MartinFamily16

However, the Martins’ trip to the barber’s for a head shave to raise £900 for Marie Curie will come at a price for one of them.

Craig Martin will lose his bushy beard for a good cause and run the risk of friends and workmates not recognising him.

“It was a comment from my mother-in-law that she would give extra to the charity if I shaved my beard, as well as my hair, which started it,” Craig said.

“We’re all aware of the great work Marie Curie does for cancer patients and we’ve been told harrowing stories about some of the patients the charity has worked with.

“But losing the beard will be a real shocker because everyone knows me for having it.”