September 2018

Janet 'baldly' braves head shave for cancer charity

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A big-hearted hairdressing lecturer ‘baldly’ braved the clippers herself to raise more than a thousand pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Janet Dancer, UCB module leader for Creative Fashion Hair and Make-up, raised a whopping £1,260 for the charity by having her head completely shaved in one of the University's training salons.

Staff from across the School of Sport and Creative Services gathered to see fellow lecturer Eileen Woodward shave off Janet’s blonde bob, culminating in a thunderous round of applause.

Janet said she had wanted to help raise money for Macmillan since watching her friend’s husband Tony Brandsom die from the “dreadful” disease a few years ago.

As a hairdressing lecturer who had owned three salons herself, the charity’s Brave the Shave challenge seemed to be the perfect way to do it.

“Having been there at the end of Tony's life and watching him suffer as he did was heart-breaking,” she said. “Also, seeing the impact this had on my friend Hilary and their daughter Harriet was devastating. Macmillan was not only there for Tony, but for them too.

“The support Macmillan gave them was truly amazing and I wanted to give something back by helping to raise as much money as I can. This is in memory of a lovely man, but also for friends, neighbours and colleagues that have lost someone to cancer and those who have beaten it.”  

One of Macmillan’s largest fundraising campaigns, Brave the Shave raises over £4 million a year to provide specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

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