Budleigh twins 'brave the shave' for MacMillan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 October 2017

Braving the shave are brothers Frank and Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1865. Picture: Terry Ife

Braving the shave are brothers Frank and Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1865. Picture: Terry Ife

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Twins from Budleigh Salterton have taken the plunge and had their heads shaved to raise funds for cancer charity MacMillan Cancer Support.

Braving the shave are brothers Frank and Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1845. Picture: Terry IfeBraving the shave are brothers Frank and Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1845. Picture: Terry Ife

A Budleigh Salterton mum has expressed her pride at her sons’ charity head shave challenge.

Frank and Henry Southan, both 11, have sacrificed their hair in the name of raising funds for a cancer charity.

Braving the shave is Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1857. Picture: Terry IfeBraving the shave is Henry Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1857. Picture: Terry Ife

Braving the shave is Frank Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1849. Picture: Terry IfeBraving the shave is Frank Southan. Ref exb 40-17TI 1849. Picture: Terry Ife

The twins had their heads shaved at Budleigh Barbers, High Street, for free.

Henry and Frank are taking on the challenge as part of MacMillan Cancer Support’s ‘brave the shave’ campaign.

Julei McCracken having her head shaved for charityJulei McCracken having her head shaved for charity

Their mum, Penny, said she is ‘very proud’ of them for going through with it.

She said: “They kept asking me to do the Brave the Shave and when it came to going back to school, I mentioned to them about getting their haircut.

“They told me ‘no, we’re really serious about doing Brave the Shave.

“They just wanted to do something for charity – I am really proud of them; they are determined that it is a really good thing to do.”

Julie McCracken having her head shaved for MacMillan Cancer SupportJulie McCracken having her head shaved for MacMillan Cancer Support

The St Peter’s Primary School pupils had set a £100 target between them and have now raised more than £140.

Exmouth mum Julie McCracken has also raised £600 through her own head shave at Zainz Hair, in Albion Street.

The retired nurse, 53, took on the challenge after two people close to her have had their lives changed by cancer.

Julie lost a close friend to the disease last year and her best friend is going through it for the third time.

She also dyed her hair green, the colour of the cancer charity, prior to having it shaved off.

Now she wants people to donate as much as possible after smashing her own donation target of £500.

Julie said: “I would love to see the total rise, MacMillan do such a great job, said Julie.

“On with my hat for now, thankfully the weather isn’t too cold.”

This is the second time Julie has had her head shaved for charity after previously 
taking on the challenge for Water Aid.

A coffee morning event, held over two days at Bone Orchard tatto shop in Exmouth, raised more than £900 for MacMillan Cancer Support having raised more than £300 the previous year. The event also featured an auction of sculptures made by Julie McCracken.

Anyone who wants to donate can go to Julie’s fundraising page – bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/julie--mccracken or www.justgiving.com/Penny-Southan for Frank and Henry.

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