Cool new look helps raise cash for charity

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A 20-year-old mum is celebrating after raising more than £800 in a sponsored headshave.

Rachel Woods said: “I decided to shave my hair off for Macmillan Cancer Support as a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer and is the bravest lady I know.

“She’s so inspirational to me because, throughout everything, she had this get up and go about her, which I find amazing, especially going through something as bad as she did.

“Her courage and love of life gave me the idea to raise as much money as I could to give something back, not only to her but also to all the hardworking doctors, nurses and carers out there who deal with giving patients the dreadful news of having cancer and support them the whole way through it.

“Macmillan are a fantastic organisation and charity and I, personally, know how amazing the nurses are.

“Everyone I have asked about their experience with them have all said the same.”

Rachel said she decided to take part in a Macmillan fundraiser called ‘shave or style’.

She said: “I was intrigued, so I found out some more information and it turns out you either shave your hair off or style it weird and wonderful in order to raise money for the charity.

“I thought this was an amazing idea, so I decided to ask all my friends and family to donate.

“They were all absolutely amazing I couldn’t have asked for better support through the whole process.”

Rachel said she would like to give a very special “thank you” to a friend called Scott Reynolds. She said: “Without him, none of the huge amount of money raised would be possible,

“He and all of the staff at the Punchbowl in Spalding made a massive effort with raising money and I am forever grateful for their hard work.

Following the success of the headshave, Rachel is taking part in MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in September. She said: “The buzz you get from raising money for such a good cause in incredible.”