Pickering dental nurse raises thousands for cancer charity after ‘braving the shave’

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A dental nurse from Pickering has raised thousands of pounds after taking on the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Brave the Shave’ challenge. Nicola Garner, from Pickering Dental Health Practice, shaved her hair off on April 26th, raising more than £3,000 for the appeal.

Thirty-one-year-old Nicola was supported by colleagues, patients and family members on the day, which she turned into a fundraising event with some great raffle prizes on offer. Brave Nicola decided to face the clippers after her mother in law was diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to take on the challenge to make a visible statement and she knew that this was a cause everyone at work and in the local community would support. Local businesses and patients donated raffle prizes and Nicola has already raised well over £3,000.

Nicola admitted that she was apprehensive about having her hair shaved off, but she was adamant that she was going to go through with it to support a charity, which makes such a positive difference to cancer sufferers and their families. When you somebody you know has cancer, it changes your perspective, and Nicola said that this was just a small gesture in the grand scheme of things. She joked that it’s cold not having any hair, but said that her daughter Violet loved the new look.

To donate to Nicola’s appeal, you can visit bravetheshave.org and search for Nicola Garner.

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