A daughter and granddaughter took the brave step of shaving their heads to raised almost £1,500 for the Breast Cancer Now charity.
Angie Schofield and Teija Adnitt wanted to support their mum/grandmother, Linda Schofield, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October following a routine mammogram.
Linda, 69, from Little Paxton recovered from breast cancer 13 years ago and attended what would have been her final mammogram before she turns 70 next year. However, results showed a lump, which after surgery was found to be a grade three cancer, the most aggressive type. She was then told she would need to undergo chemotherapy.
“I was, and still am, determined to fight this cancer and beat it.” said Linda.
“I didn’t need to have chemo the first time I was diagnosed so this is all very new and scary. Losing your hair is the one guaranteed side effect of the treatment though, and one I felt prepared for. However my daughter and granddaughter decided they wanted to shave their heads to support me and we decided to raise money for charity. The aim was to try and raise £250, but we were amazed when we reached nearly £1,500, with more promised.”
Angie, Teija and Linda all had their heads shaved together and Teija’s long hair has been donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Angie said: “Mum was nervous, but very brave and was the first to have her head shaved. I found it an emotional experience, but once I got over the initial shock I got used to it very quickly. My daughter, Teija, as a typical teenager, took it all in her stride and seemed to quite enjoy it.
“We really want to say a huge thank you to everyone - friends, family and colleagues – who donated. We raised far more than we ever thought possible. The donations we’ve received have really made us realise just how many people are, or have been, affected by cancer in some way and this money will at least go towards research which will help each and every one of us”