Home   Bury St Edmunds   News   Article

East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival organiser Martin Bate has charity head shave in support of wife Angela



More news, no ads

LEARN MORE


The organiser of the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival has had his head shaved at Kings Road Barbers in Bury St Edmunds to support his wife, who is undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Martin Bate’s wife, Angela, has had two operations since her treatment that started on June 23, and had her first session of chemotherapy on October 1.

Martin, who is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “As soon as Angela came home with her head shaved I thought there was an opportunity to raise some money for Macmillan who do such great work.

Beer and CIder Festival organiser, Martin Bate. Picture by Robert Robertson.
Beer and CIder Festival organiser, Martin Bate. Picture by Robert Robertson.

"It is incredible to watch the support they give to so many people and there has been no delay for us in Angela's treatment as well, which I think has been good too.

"There have been stories about treatments being held up due to the pandemic but that certainly does not seem to have been happening here."

After the shave, Martin said it did feel different, having never done it before, but it had been done for a very good cause.

He said: "The treatment Angela is receiving at West Suffolk Hospital is first class. It will take several months but we are hoping for good news in the New Year when the treatment cycles are completed."

Martin being given the shave, with Angela watching on. Picture by Robert Robertson.
Martin being given the shave, with Angela watching on. Picture by Robert Robertson.

Angela said what Martin had done was brilliant and that he was such a supportive and lovely man.

She said: "One of the things I have also found is that our friends are so very supportive too and understand just because you are ill it does not mean you have to stop living.

"I would just like those who have done and are donating to recognise just how lovely and generous they are to have done that. Also, until you are actually ill, you just do not know how kind and generous people can be, so thank you to all of them."

Martin Bate, right, with his wife Angela after his head shave. Picture by Robert Robertson.
Martin Bate, right, with his wife Angela after his head shave. Picture by Robert Robertson.

Angela and Martin also wanted to say how much they valued Macmillan, it's nurses, the unit and the hospice.

To donate, cash donation can be dropped off at Kings Road Barbers or go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-bate-head-shave.

Read more: All the latest news from Suffolk

Read more: All the latest news from Bury St Edmunds