Fighter’s close shave aims to give can­cer the chop

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

AMARTIAL arts coach is shav­ing off all her hair in a show of sol­i­dar­ity with those who are suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

Amanda Kari, 47, aims to raise cash for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

The char­ity is chal­leng­ing men and women to shave their heads as part of its Brave the Shave cam­paign.

Amanda is a per­sonal trainer, sports nu­tri­tion­ist and kick box­ing and Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu coach at the Voodoo Gym on Ch­ester­gate, Mac­cles­field.

Amanda’s late hus­band Frank Caud­well died from a brain tu­mour in April 2013.

She said pa­tients and car­ers need all the sup­port they can get.

She added: “It was the hard­est ex­pe­ri­ence of my life see­ing Frank through those fi­nal months.

“I gave up work­ing to look af­ter him and was by his side un­til the very end.

“Un­til you go through that you don’t re­alise how much sup­port you need and how much there is out there.”

Ev­ery year since Frank’s death Amanda has raised money to fight can­cer, in­clud­ing a Three Peaks walk.

In De­cem­ber 2014 Amanda mar­ried best­friend and work col­league Dave Kari and at their wed­ding asked for gift do­na­tions to The Christie.

Amanda said her latest fundrais­ing chal­lenge is her most dar­ing.

She added: “It is a fright­en­ing thing to do, but I thought ‘who cares’. It is some­thing dif­fer­ent and it is show­ing sol­i­dar­ity to those peo­ple who lose their hair dur­ing chemo­ther­apy.

“I won’t be wear­ing any hats or head­scarves, I’ll be show­ing off my hair­cut proudly.”

Amanda is plan­ning to cut off all her hair at the gym on Au­gust 23 at 5pm.

She is tak­ing do­na­tions at the gym as well as online via bravethe­shave.org.uk/ shavers/amanda-kari.

Any­one who do­nates £10 or more will be al­lowed to chop a bit of Amanda’s hair off.

Dave and Amanda run the Voodoo Gym, which was launched in 2008.

In the last seven years it has gone from strength to strength and is now a full time job for the cou­ple.

Dave’s mar­tial arts ex­pe­ri­ence be­gan more 30 years ago when he trained in tra­di­tional Ja­panese, Korean karate Muay Thai and Amer­i­can-style kick­box­ing and Wado Ryu karate.

Andy Lam­bert

●● Emma Ry­der man­ager of An­gels res­cue cen­tre Mac­cles­field pic­tured with horse Monty last year af­ter the sta­bles blew down

●● Amanda and Dave Kari from Voodoo Gym in Mac­cles­field

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