Two plucky parishioners from St Paul’s Church in Lisburn have taken the head staggers and had their hair shaved off to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Janet Hunter and Tina McCready decided to take on the charity challenge in memory of their mothers, who both died after battling cancer.
Tina’s mum Betty McKay passed away in May 2014, and Janet’s mum Annie McIlwaine passed away in June 2016.
The two courageous ladies were joined by family and friends in St Patrick’s Church, Chapel Hill on Saturday night (September 24) as they braved the shave.
Their friend, Heather Carson, read a poem she’d written specially for the occasion to signal the start of the shave.
Clippers at the ready, Rosemary Gibb and her colleague Nicola from R.E. Gibb International Hair relieved Janet and Tina of their lovely locks.
“I braved the shave in memory of my mum and for all my family and friends who are fighting cancer and those in remission,” Janet explained.
“I was nervous about doing it, but we did it for a good cause, and have raised £2,424.75 to date.”
Janet, who is soon to be commissioned as a Lay Reader in St Paul’s, said her mother had received a lot of help from Macmillan nurses in terms of day-to-day care during her cancer battle.
Janet and Tina, who each have three children, say their family and friends have been very supportive of their decision to Brave the Shave.
“They’ve all been very much behind us and supported us. They know we did it for a good cause, even if they do think we are both a bit nuts,” Janet added.
Anyone who would like to make a donation in support of Janet and Tina’s fundraising effort can still do so by logging on to bravetheshave.org.uk and searching for Janet Hunter or Tina McCready.
Heather Carson’s poem...
What can I say about these wonderful girls
If it was me I couldn’t lose my curls
But they are fearless and very brave
To volunteer to do the shave
They’re doing it for a very good cause
One that makes us all pause
At some point in our lives
losing loved ones, facing treatment or just being there
To show that you really do love and care
Tina and Janet are doing this we know
In memory of beloved mums and also to show
That it is important to raise awareness and some money as well
And in doing this we think they are absolutely swell
It is maybe with some doubts but never a groan
All to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone!