A mum with just months to live raised hundreds of pounds in aid of fellow cancer sufferers by persuading pals to face the clippers in a sponsored shave.
Sarah Wilson, aged 46, from Greystones in Sheffield, has terminal lung cancer, and organised the fundraiser at her local pub in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mum-of-three Sarah said dozens of her friends joined in the fun at The Greystones, with plenty putting themselves forward as willing victims for the shave.
“I had my eyebrows shaved because I’ve got no hair, one of my friends had his beard shaved, and one had his hair and eyebrows shaved off,” said Sarah.
“There were a couple more – one had his chest shaved too.”
Sarah said the total sponsorship figure had yet to be counted up, but the final donation should run into hundreds, and that she chose Macmillan because the charity has helped her personally.
“They do a lot of good work – they’re certainly helping me,” she added.
“I have terminal lung cancer and I’ve only got two to three months left to live.
“Macmillan come to my house once every two weeks, but when I get worse they’ll be coming four or five times a day. I won’t be able to get out of bed eventually.”
Sarah, who has three children, aged 19, 17 and 13, initially thought she had beaten lung cancer after treatment, but last November was told the disease had returned.
“It got better, and then all of a sudden it came back massively, bigger than it was before. It was quite a bad time.
“Macmillan have sorted income support for me, and they’ve sorted me out with walking sticks for when I find it difficult to get around.”
As well as The Greystones other pubs lent a hand, including Delaney’s on Cemetery Road which donated £100 towards the event, and staff at The Cavendish in Bolsover, where Sarah used to live.
“I left sponsor sheets at different pubs and all my friends came over from Bolsover,” she said.
“I wanted to give something back while I was still here.”
Over the next two years, Macmillan has committed to spending £2 million in South Yorkshire on developing new cancer services.
They include an end-of-life care team based across hospitals and care homes in Sheffield, plus a nurse who will give one-to-one support to colorectal and breast cancer patients who have been discharged following treatment.
The charity says that every day 19 people are diagnosed with cancer across the county.