St Albans man has hair shaved by cancer patient sister for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave
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A 28-year-old man from St Albans has had his hair shaved by his sister for Macmillan Cancer Support.
A woman with incurable leukaemia has shaved her brother’s head to show their solidarity for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ted Woodward, 28, went under the clippers to support his sister Hannah, 26.
St Albans resident Ted said: “I took part as I want to help raise awareness of all the great work Macmillan Cancer Support does and to show support for Hannah.
“I was 20 when she was diagnosed and it was a huge shock for the family, but she has dealt with it incredibly and never let anything hold her back. I’m really proud of her.”
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Hannah was planning to go to university when she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.
Refusing to let the disease control her, Hannah took the reins and ran the London Marathon last April, raising £8,500.
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Inspired by his sister’s tenacity, Ted decided to have his hair shaved for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave campaign: “I really enjoyed the day, but it was also very moving and hearing the stories from other people taking part was really inspiring.”
More than half of the 23,000 who took part in Brave the Shave last year had a connection to someone with cancer.
Ted’s shaving was captured by celebrity photographer Rankin.
Rankin, who also grew up in St Albans, and lost his mother Anne to cancer, said: “This was an incredible project to work on and one very close to my heart.
“I know how hard it is to watch someone you love go through cancer from the side lines. It can make you feel totally helpless.
“Like Ted, everyone who stood in front of my camera was there because someone they care about deeply has been impacted by cancer – and as a result, they have too.
“But their Brave the Shave means Macmillan Cancer Support can be there for millions more people affected by cancer and their families, and I am in awe of them for that.”
Hannah said: “The photoshoot was a brilliant experience and emotional in so many ways. I was ever so proud of my brother for doing Brave the Shave to help more people in our situation.”
To sponsor Ted, go to www.justgiving.com/Ted-Woodward1
To find out more about Brave the Shave visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk