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Woman battling breast cancer raises almost £3,000 for charity with brave head shave

PUBLISHED: 16:58 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 06 March 2017

Melanie Wright before and after head shave for Breast Cancer Care. Picture: Melanie Wright.

Melanie Wright before and after head shave for Breast Cancer Care. Picture: Melanie Wright.

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Melanie Wright from Blundeston, near Lowestoft, has raised a cool £2,940 for Breast Cancer Care – and she’s hoping to raise more!

Mel, 55, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October last year and has made it her mission to raise as much money as possible for the charity as she undergoes chemotherapy.

The weekend before she started treatment Mel made the bold decision to shave her head and kick-start her fundraising efforts.

“I was told from the outset that I would need chemotherapy and that the combination of drugs being used would cause my hair to fall out,” she said.

“I set up a JustGiving page and set a target of £300. I advertised my fundraising on Facebook, emailed everybody in my contacts list and also emailed all my colleagues at Lovewell Blake.”

Mel, who is now halfway through her chemotherapy treatment and will undergo three intensive weeks of radiotherapy once it’s complete, has now surpassed her initial £300 target almost ten times over.

“I am so pleased to have raised this amount of money - Breast Cancer Care emailed me when I hit £1,200 to say this would provide a workshop for ten women which is fantastic.

“I have had so much support from family, friends and colleagues and it is good to know that their support for my fundraising effort has helped other women as well,” she added.

You can donate to Mel’s JustGiving page here.

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