Brave Alison in close shave

Alison Deakin with her daughter Nicki after charity head shave
Alison Deakin with her daughter Nicki after charity head shave
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A cancer sufferer undergoing chemotherapy for the second time has raised more than £1,300 for a South Yorkshire children’s hospice by getting her head shaved.

Mother-of-two Alison Deakin, from Ullswater Close, North Anston, has smashed her fundraising target for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice after initially aiming to collect £100 for the charity.

The 53-year-old said she has been amazed by the response with more than 100 donations pouring in from as far afield as America and Australia.

Alison, who works at the Job Centre in Dinnington, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The cancer returned in 2012 and has recently spread to her liver, resulting in her restarting chemotherapy earlier this year.

She said she wanted to shave her hair before it fell out because of the treatment, and thought a local charity could benefit.

Alison said she originally hoped to be able to raise £20, but her daughter Nicki persuaded her to set a £100 target.

But after friends and family shared her JustGiving page on Facebook, donations started pouring in.

“It has just sort of snowballed. It is just amazing,” she said.

“I was in floods of tears reading all the messages.

“I chose a charity that wasn’t cancer-related because in a way that would have been doing it for me.

“It is nice to do something for the local community, and to help younger people as well.”

Gail Parkin, community fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, said: “We are so grateful Alison has decided to support Bluebell Wood.

“It’s absolutely amazing that she is helping others during such a tough time and we are so thankful for the fantastic amount that has been raised - she is such an inspiration.”

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