Custom Search 1

Linda Clarke braves the shave to raise funds for Macmillan

BRAVE THE SHAVE: Linda Clarke

A BIRMINGHAM woman has marked her fifth anniversary of being cancer free by shaving off her hair and raising almost £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Linda Clarke, a credit controller at Goodyear Dunlop UK, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma six years ago at the age of 42 and underwent a year of intensive chemotherapy at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Now, the 48-year-old mother-of-three from Erdington said she wanted to celebrate her landmark fifth year of remission and decided that getting rid of her shoulder-length locks was the ideal way to do it.

And because Macmillan Cancer Support is one of Goodyear’s nominated charities, Linda was encouraged to do the deed at work, supported by her colleagues. Her family friend Jay Davis of Snizzap Mobile Barbering agreed to go into her offices to shave her head.

“I’ve never done any fundraising on this scale before but I really wanted to give something back to such a special organisation,” she said. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from family, friends and colleagues and am thrilled to have raised much more than I’d originally hoped to.”

Linda, who has twin sons Jerome and Jordan, aged 18, and 25-year-old daughter Shanice with husband Lloyd, is to begin training to become a volunteer buddy with Macmillan.

“It does such fantastic work and I really wanted to help out. Having treatment is very trying and tiring so I hope giving back a little bit of joy will help,” she added.

Hans Vrijsen, Goodyear Dunlop’s MD, added: “Linda is always a vibrant member of our team and when she announced she was shaving her head for our corporate charity I was not surprised. She knows how to live and celebrating in the way she has highlights her strength of character.

“Congratulations to Linda and thanks to her for adding more funds to our fundraising total for Macmillan.”

The Voice is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Share your Voice memories, comments and birthday wishes on social media, using the following hash tag: #Voice35Years

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Annual subscription for The Voice newspaper print edition.

Read more stories like this in our weekly printed newspaper. To purchase an annual subscription and get 50% off, complete the form below and enter the code 'ONLINE2017' - offer ends 30 November.

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
Facebook Comments