A woman who has lost three members of her family to cancer says losing all her hair will be nothing compared to what her loved ones went through.
March mum Louise Goakes has seen her mum, dad and nan all taken by the disease.
Now the 32-year-old is going to have her head shaved to help other patients and families affected by the illness.
She is taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s nationwide Brave the Shave next month, and has already more than doubled her original fundraising target.
Louise, of Creek Road, lost her mum Wendy to bowel cancer when she was 11-years-old and her sister Katie was just four. They then lost their nan to cancer in 2008, and their dad Stephen died from prostate cancer four years ago.
Louise said: “It was difficult seeing three members of your family taken by cancer.
“It’s also something that plays on mine and Katie’s minds. We worry whether we’ll get cancer at some point as there’s been so many in the family to have it.”
She said she and Katie were too young to understand how their dad coped when their mum had cancer, but after their dad was diagnosed with the illness she said Macmillan was “fantastic”.
“It helped my dad with his finances as he couldn’t work and was worried about money,” she said. “They also made sure he got the right treatment, and they helped me after we lost him when I suffered a bit of depression.”
Louise, whose son Ruben celebrated his first birthday on Sunday, signed up to Brave the Shave last week.
And within three days, she smashed her original £100 fundraising target. She has currently raised more than £260 on and offline, with more being pledged every day.
She said: “I’m actually quite excited about having it shaved off. People have said to me I’m brave for doing it, but it’s nothing compared to those who are fighting and beating cancer every day.”
Ruben and partner Jamie Reynolds will be supporting Louise when she undergoes the challenge, which is taking place at ClHairs hairdressing salon in Burrowmoor Road, March, on August 29.
Anyone wanting to sponsor her can visit her fundraising webpage at: bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/louise-goakes