An Ipswich man is planning to broadcast his sponsored headshave live online in honour of his sister who died from cancer when she was just 15-years-old.

East Anglian Daily Times: Matt with his sister HelenMatt with his sister Helen (Image: Archant)

On August 15, Matt Porter, 47, is having his head shaved at Michael Richards salon to mark 34 years since his sister Helen’s death and the advances in support for those living with cancer and their families.

He will broadcast it live on Facebook, and, hopefully, YouTube.

Speaking this week, he said: “People with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look to how they feel.

“Helen sadly lost her battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1982 when support for Helen and our family and friends was quite sparse.

“For me as a 13-year-old, it was particularly upsetting...which of course affected my schooling and personal life.

“Now, support is available for young cancer sufferers and their families. Macmillan Nurses are available to support patients and their families.

“This vital help, especially for young siblings, provides that emotional crutch that is so needed during periods of illness.

“All the money I raise will mean Macmillan can support people who are facing a difficult time so that they can start to feel more in control of their lives.

More than £915 has been donated so far, with Mr Porter hoping to raise up to £1,500.

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