Charity shave from two-time cancer patient

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A Skegness woman, who has twice been treated for cancer, has raised almost £1,000 for charity in a sponsored head shave.

Jo Fletcher, 51, has joined the thousands to have taken part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave The Shave fundraiser.

The Pilgrim Hospital worker was inspired to take on the challenge, which sees people have their head shaved in return for donations, by her own experiences with cancer.

Jo was treated for breast cancer in 2008 and then colon cancer in 2012. Today, she describes herself as ‘well’.

Jo said she wanted to ‘give something back’ in light of her encounters with cancer.

She was particularly attracted to the Brave The Shave campaign by the fact she did not lose her hair during either treatment, with it only thinning during a six-month bout of chemotherapy she received for colon cancer.

“I thought it would be a good thing for me to do to show my support,” she said.

Jo raised about £950 through the head shave, with more than £300 of the donations coming on the evening of the shave.

She said: “I was absolutely chuffed to bits by the support I had.”