St Albans man has hair shaved by cancer patient sister for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:32 01 September 2017

Ted and Hannah Woodward. Photo: RANKIN

Ted and Hannah Woodward. Photo: RANKIN

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A 28-year-old man from St Albans has had his hair shaved by his sister for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ted and Hannah Woodward before the shaving Photo: RANKINTed and Hannah Woodward before the shaving Photo: RANKIN

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.”

The first cut, with Ted and Hannah Woodward. Photo: RANKINThe first cut, with Ted and Hannah Woodward. Photo: RANKIN

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.

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 and Hannah Woodward during the shave. Photo: RANKINTed and Hannah Woodward during the shave. Photo: RANKIN

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.

Ted and Hannah Woodward during the shave. Photo: RANKINTed and Hannah Woodward during the shave. Photo: RANKIN

“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

Ted and Hannah Woodward about halfway through the shave. Photo: RANKINTed and Hannah Woodward about halfway through the shave. Photo: RANKIN

Ted having his haircut finished off. Photo: RANKINTed having his haircut finished off. Photo: RANKIN

Ted admiring his new look. Photo: RANKINTed admiring his new look. Photo: RANKIN

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