Dave Braves The Shave
Update - Dave's Brave Head Shave Raises More than £2k
The lovely locks have gone but Dave Turner's hairy sacrifice has raised more than£2,000 for a cancer support group.
Plumber Dave from Shotley Gate braved shears (as a joke), scissors, electric razor and a safety razor-blade, in front of more than 60 supporters at the Bristol Arms to support friend Tony Braden JR's bid to raise cash for the Somersham Ward, Cancer Unit Support Group.
Under the professional supervision of Liza Marie from Hers and Sirs, in Chelmondiston, eight pony tails were auctioned off, and snipped off, by friends with bids reaching £100 in one case. By the end of the evening more than £1,700 had been raised, smashing their £1,150 target.
Dave decided to brave the shave after young Tony went through an extremely tough stomach cancer experience, while in his early 20s.
"Unfortunately I was diagnosed with cancer and needed surgery," said Tony. "The staff at Somersham ward were absolutely outstanding and I can't thank them enough.
"The treatment I got there, and Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, was amazing and i don't think they get anywhere near the recognition they deserve.
"I have had amazing support from my family and friends, and for Dave to do this is fantastic. Thank you all."
Dave's man concern throughout was the loss of his eyebrows, but despite the hair and beard going, the eyebrow survived.
Dave said: "It was all worthwhile. Thanks to everyone who came and donated and, yes, I was worried about the eyebrows for a while but it all turned out well."
* The Somersham Ward Support Group is the charity for the Somersham Ward and oncology department of Ipswich Hospital. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for those on the ward, both in the provision of medical equipment and added comforts. Since its foundation in 1986 it has raised more than £1m.
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