Kayleigh Coleman beats alopecia to brave the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support
A selfless woman from Ipswich has braved the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support in honour of her friend and grandmother.
Kayleigh Coleman, 27, had her locks lopped at Adam and Eve Hairdressers in Cox Lane, Ipswich, yesterday, with close friend James Rioux, who is battling pancreatic cancer, making the first cuts.
Mr Rioux, 38, joked: “It was actually quite enjoyable doing it! But I am really proud of her for having it done.”
Mrs Coleman also undertook the charity challenge in memory of her grandmother Shirley Perks, who died in December 2013 following a five-month battle with various cancers, including a brain tumour and lung cancer.
Mrs Coleman said: “I lived with my grandmother all my life so she was like a mum to me, but she went on for five months battling the cancer.
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“I’m glad the shave is done now and I managed to raise lots of money – I am hoping to hit the £1,000 mark.”
So far Mrs Coleman has raised £840, with donations and collections still coming in.
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But the achievement is even greater for the mum-of-two, who has suffered from alopecia in the past.
“I was 13 when I was diagnosed with alopecia,” she added. “I never thought I would have hair long enough to do something like this.”
Husband Marty, 38, added: “I am really proud of her for what she has done, it’s a wonderful achievement.”
Now, Mrs Coleman is looking to continue her fundraising efforts for the cause in the future.
She added: “It feels good to have done it, and I think I am going to continue and keep doing something every year as well.”
To sponsor Mrs Coleman, visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/kayleigh-coleman