A BRIDE braved the shave in front of wedding guests to show her support for loved ones affected by cancer.
Gemma Hiatt from Marlcliff near Bidford was still wearing her wedding dress when she decided to shave off her locks, with the support of partner Ian Watson.
The 36-year-old – who previously had shoulder-length, brown hair – wanted to ‘brave the shave’ in support of her mum Jill who has twice battled breast cancer, and her aunt Mandy who was recently given a terminal diagnosis.
Gemma said: “I think I was more nervous about shaving my head than getting married.
“I was about 17 when my mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer. It was quite advanced and she had to have a full mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It was really tough, I was quite young – still in college. It was a lot to cope with. When you hear the word cancer you fear the worst.”
Jill has since made a full recovery and was one of those watching on as Gemma completed her head shave.
And the newlyweds recently went to visit Gemma’s aunt in hospital so she can see the results of the head shave.
She added: “We went to see her in hospital so she’s seen the results of my brave the shave. She’s happy that I’ve done it and that I’m trying to raise money for people in situations like hers.”
Brave the shave is held by cancer support charity Macmillan throughout August.
Since 2015 more than 59,000 fund-raisers have shaved their heads for Macmillan, raising nearly £17million for the charity.
Visit bravetheshave.org.uk to find out more.