Are Norfolk great-great-grannies May, 94 and Brenda, 81, the oldest to send in a #nomakeupselfie?
11:55 25 March 2014
May and her sister Brenda stumped up £5 each to Cancer Research UK and posted a photo of themselves, without make-up, on Facebook and Twitter.
The snap of the two smiling pensioners from Heacham was so popular it featured on ITV’s This Morning in a round-up of the best ‘selfies’ from across the UK. The sisters said they were inspired to take part in the ‘selfie’ phenomenon after May’s daughter Janice Curtis, granddaughter Jemma Greef, and other family members, posted selfies in support of the charity.
Jemma said: “When my mum told them about it they immediately wanted to join in. Nan is still recovering from a stroke and fall last year and she found it difficult to hold the camera herself, so mum held it while Brenda pressed the button. They were giggling so much we had to have four attempts! Then I posted it on Facebook and Twitter.
“Nan and great auntie Brenda have always supported Cancer Research UK because they lost their sister, Ann, to stomach cancer. Also my dad died of prostate cancer several years ago and that had a big impact on the family.
“I took part in Cambridge Race for Life myself a few years ago, and many of my aunts and cousins do Race for Life at Houghton Hall every year. We feel it’s a really important cause.”
May and Brenda are from a family of nine siblings, and between them have 11 children, 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and fourgreat-great-grandchildren.
“We’re both a bit old to do things like Race for Life, so we thought doing our own ‘selfie’ was a way to make a contribution as well as having a bit of a laugh,” said May.
Jane Redman, Norfolk spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said, “We can’t say for certain, but we’re pretty sure May and Brenda are the oldest people to post a selfie as part of the #nomakeupselfie trend.
“Thanks to people choosing to donate to us we’ve been overwhelmed with donations and support in the past 48 hours. We’ve raised over £8m so far, and the #nomakeupselfie is still going strong. The trend isn’t something Cancer Research UK started so it’s been fantastic to see so many people getting involved and wanting to use their selfie to raise money for our life-saving research.”
Did you send in a #nonmakeupselfie? Share it with us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.