Brave shave for can­cer char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A SWIM­MING teacher has smashed a fundrais­ing tar­get to col­lect more than £3,500 for can­cer care by shav­ing her head.

Stephanie Evans set her­self a tar­get of £500 when she de­cided to ‘brave the shave’ for Macmil­lan. But af­ter a suc­cess­ful night in The Poach­ers Inn she has smashed her tar­get and raised more than £3,500.

She de­cided to sup­port Macmil­lan af­ter fam­ily mem­bers suf­fered from can­cer.

Stephanie said: “When I was 10 my gran and gramps lived with us while my gran was sadly dy­ing of can­cer. Ev­ery day fan­tas­tic nurses from Macmil­lan came in to care for her. I have al­ways fan­cied shav­ing my head and as my won­der­ful aun­tie is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer I felt in­spired to raise some money.

“What started out a fairly small thing turned into a big event held at The Poach­ers Inn. With live mu­sic from fan­tas­tic sis­ter duo Cloud Nine fea­tur­ing Emma and Jodie Buck­land, and newly formed band The Brac­cioners with pub land­lord Rob Ell­wood on gui­tar along with fel­low band­mates Matt Wheel­ton, Martin Gilder and Carl But­ter­worth the nigh was a roar­ing suc­cess. We had a raf­fle with over 50 prizes, beer do­nated kindly by Happy Val­ley Brew­ery and loads of sup­port.

“With hair­dresser Katy Bros­na­han tak­ing charge and mum Kay get­ting her hands on the clip­pers as well all my hair came off. Ev­ery­one has said how much it suits me short but we will have to see.”

Stephanie, a swim­ming teacher for 18 years at Bolling­ton Health and Leisure Cen­tre and mem­ber of am­a­teur dra­matic and op­er­atic so­ci­eties, said she has had tremen­dous sup­port from lo­cal peo­ple.

She said: “A spe­cial thank you goes to An­thony Davies and He­len Valen­tine for help­ing with the raf­fle, Richard Buck for tak­ing fab­u­lous pho­tos and also He­len and Rob Ell­wood for let­ting me hold the event at their pub.”

Visit bravethe­shave.org. uk/shavers/stephaniee­vans to do­nate.

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Left, Stephanie Evans, left, raised more than £3,500 for Macmil­lan by shav­ing her head at The Poach­ers in Bolling­ton, be­low, hair­dresser Katy Bros­na­han takes the clip­pers to Stephanie’sp locks

●● David Tay­lor pic­tured with mem­ber Ann Stringer, from Bolling­ton Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety

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