Woman aged 94 from Mildenhall shaves head for charity
After her son was diagnosed with bowel cancer Toni Gray aged 94, wanted to do something to raise money for a charity that works with the hospital that treat him.
The cash she received for braving the shave was given to the My WiSH Charity, with the money going towards the Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital where her son Jaimie is a patient.
Although by her own admission Toni is unable to run, walk or ride a bike to raise money for charity, she still wanted to do something to raise some cash and realised there was something she could do, shave her head.
Currently, Toni has raised £1,538.75 and is hoping to increase that number over the coming weeks, massively surpassing her initial target of £60.
The idea came to her after seeing the Macmillan Cancer Support’s "Brave the Shave" campaign.
Toni Said: "It was a bit of a shock when Jaimie was diagnosed with cancer and I did feel hopeless at not being able to do anything and then I saw ‘Brave to Shave’.
"Having the head shave was quite good fun. Family and friends watched on and we demolished a couple of bottles of wine, it was a bit of an occasion.
"Jaimie said I looked better with the head shave and people that come in and see me now say that I look wonderful."
Jaimie was first to get hold of the clippers, trimming his mothers locks at her Mildenhall home and was closely followed by his brother Sean, who travelled from his home in Basildon to be there during the fundraising event.
Sean said: "My mother just wanted to raise the money for the unit and decided that as she can’t run a marathon or climb a mountain that she would have her head shaved."
Sally Daniels, fundraising manager at My WiSH said: "It was an honour to join Toni and her boys. It was a really fun atmosphere and they made a real occasion out of it. The total raised is just phenomenal and will help so many people in west Suffolk who are diagnosed with cancer. Huge thanks to Toni for being such a star."