The devastating effects of cancer on the family and friends of one Haverhill woman have inspired her to go that extra mile more in an attempt to raise money for charity.
Hazel Webb has set her stall out to raise money this year for Cancer Research UK, and has already pledged to have her head shaved on February 25.
In part, Hazel has been inspired to help the charity by the plight of a close friend who is currently receiving chemotherapy for cancer, but she has also lost her aunt and grandad to the disease.
Other friends and residents of The Cangle Foyer, where she lives, have also lost someone close to them through cancer.
Hazel, 21, said: “I have visited the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Addenbrookes in Cambridge, seeing ways I could raise money and seeing friends who are fighting the battle with cancer themselves.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few residents down here and they want to get involved.
“I’ve had all the staff sponsor me and I’ve had patients form the Teenage Cancer Trust ward in Cambridge sponsor me.
“It must have been half-way through last year that I decided to do it. It was just an idea and it just grew.”
Hazel will have her head shaved by one of the Cangle’s support workers, Belinda Russell, who was formerly a hairdresser.
The head shave is just one of the fund-raising ideas come up with by Hazel, who is aiming to set up other ways of boosting the charity drive.
Belinda has also organised a coffee morning, with more also being held in the afternoons to raise more money.
To find out more and to donate to the head shave visit Hazel’s blog at https://www.facebook.com/HazelCRUKBlog2014.
Alternatively donations can be made by going to http://www.justgiving.com/HazelHeadSave.