Peggy raises £650 for Macmillan charity as she braves the shave

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa P

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth woman has shaved all her hair off to support those living with cancer and the charity supporting them through their diagnosis.

Peggy Anderson before she braved the shave. Picture: Clarissa Place

Peggy Anderson before she braved the shave. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

Peggy Anderson decided to brave the shave after finding out about a friend’s daughter who was undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

The 64-year-old has seen several family members, including both her parents, and close friends affected by cancer.

She has raised more than £650 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support following the shave last Friday.

Peggy said: “I can’t run a marathon or swim the channel, but I can get my hair cut, so the Macmillan brave the shave campaign is perfect for people like me to join in the fundraising.

Peggy Anderson chops some of her hair off before having her head shaved for charity. Picture: Claris

Peggy Anderson chops some of her hair off before having her head shaved for charity. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


“I’m doing this for all the people who are living with cancer now. Macmillan is there to help you, but it needs funds.

“I’m not being brave, I just want to help Macmillan support people experiencing cancer. So many people in my family have been through this illness.

Most Read

“In particular, I remember my mum begging me not to leave her in hospital: she would have loved to have support at home.”

Peggy added her hopes the challenge will tackle the stigma of being bald.

Peggy's husband David carries out the first cut, before Peggy had her head shaved for charity. Pictu

Peggy's husband David carries out the first cut, before Peggy had her head shaved for charity. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

She said: “I hope that this campaign will eventually help remove the stigma associated with being bald, show everyone that their hair has nothing to do with their self-worth, and make shaving your head such a popular choice that when you are really ill and have no choice, at least you won’t have to worry about your appearance, because it will be normal.

“If enough people shave their heads to raise funds for Macmillan, being bald could become commonplace and not something which makes people stare at you, or give you a sympathetic look.”

Peggy had her hair shaved by Stacey Hullatt, owner of Barnet Hairdressers, in Fore Street.

She was cheered on by family and friends who stepped up to cut nearly 10 inches of her hair off, which she hopes can go towards making wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy. She thanked her husband Dave and her daughter Hannah for their support.

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa P

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

If you would like to donate to visit Peggy’s online page: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/peggy-anderson

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa P

Peggy Anderson with friends, family and the team at Barnet after her hair shave. Picture: Clarissa Place - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus