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Lynsey Robinson 'Braves the Shave' for Macmillan and Cancer Research UK

On hearing the shocking news that her sister-in-law, Mel, had been diagnosed with inoperable brain tumours, Lynsey Robinson, a 38-year-old Marple mum, felt that she needed to do something to raise money and awareness for Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. These two charities work tirelessly to support and relieve cancer sufferers and to seek a cure for this disease that affects so many people. 

Lynsey found out some interesting facts about each charity before taking action:-

Macmillan - “Since Douglas Macmillan founded the charity in 1911 (with only £10!), it has grown to be the UK’s leading source of cancer support, helping more and more people affected by cancer. In 2014, MacMillan's services were accessed more than 9 million times.”

Cancer Research UK - “There are more than 130 different types of brain tumours, and in most cases it’s not clear what causes them. From groundbreaking lab research to lifesaving clinical trials, CRUK's researchers are working hard to save more lives and they have played a vital role in the early development and testing of drugs such as temozolomide – a drug that has made a difference to the lives of many people around the world.”

So, Lynsey made an appointment with hairdresser friend, Aimee,and on 1 Nov 2016 they got together for Lynsey to ‘Brave the Shave’ by having all her hair shaved off.

Brave the Shave

Lynsey’s daughters, Sophie (6) and Holly (2), watched on as their mum’s long hair dropped to the floor. Whilst concerned about the reactions her children may have to her shaven head, it made Lynsey realise just how much cancer and its treatment affects the patient and everyone else in their lives too. In Lynsey’s words at the time, “All I can think about is how much more cancer sufferers have to go through than just the potential loss of their hair. I'm not tired, apart from ‘having-kids tired’, or feeling sick, or losing the feeling in my fingers. And hair grows back.” 

Today, Lynsey’s hair is growing back and Mel has undergone treatment and responded to it well. She and many other patients are being helped every day by the NHS and charities, such as Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. People have generously donated over £3,000 for Lynsey’s chosen charities, a wonderful achievement.

If you would like to make a donation for Lynsey’s ‘Brave the Shave’, you can do so at