March woman braves the shave to raise more than £1,000 in memory of a loved one
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A March woman has braved the shave for charity in memory of her mother-in-law.
Tracy Harley had her locks chopped off on Saturday at an afternoon tea party and disco at the GER Sports and Social Club in March.
The mother-of-three decided that she wanted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and Marie Curie, which have helped three of her family members that have had cancer.
The event raised just under £1,500.
As well as the death of her mother-in-law in October last year, Tracy’s husband Vernon was diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago, but was given the all-clear since 2010.
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Her sister-in-law also had breast cancer a couple of years ago and received treatment.
The customer services assistant’s hair is being donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss.
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The 48-year-old said: “It was well worth it.
“I was very nervous beforehand because I don’t like a lot of attention. But it is only hair - it will grow back. Ultimately, this money will help fund another nurse and go to a really deserving cause.”
More than 100 people attended the event on Saturday night, including Tracy’s work colleagues from The Nottingham building society’s March branch.
She added: “The support I have received has been brilliant.
“Local businesses have been great too as they gave us prizes for the raffle. It has been very heart-warming.”
Speaking about why she wanted to do the sponsored shave, Tracey explained: “My husband and I decided a while ago that we wanted to do something.
“Colleagues suggested jumping out of a plane but I am scared of heights so my response was ‘I’d rather have my hair shaved off than do that’.
“They have not let me forget those words!
“My daughters and husband were right behind me – although I do have to admit they do find the prospect of me having no hair quite hilarious.”
Money can still be donated to Tracy’s cause by visiting www.bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk and searching for Tracy Harley or popping into The Nottingham at 41 Broad Street, March.