This is my friend Jackie Lancaster. As you may have noticed, Jackie has lovely long hair. (I checked HOW long and it was almost at her waist). Jackie's mum Sue died just over a year ago and Jackie wanted to do something to mark her mum's birthday and do some positive for charity at the same time. So, she decided to shave her head. as you do.
Some could say it's a bit of a misnomer to describe the act as "Brave" because really what is brave is knowing you have cancer and that it's going to kill you and yet still being thoughtful and kind to people around you which as any of us who have lost people to cancer will know is a painful and terribly difficult process. But if you have had long hair literally ALL of your life, well this kind of extreme change can be daunting. Jackie chose to Brave the Shave on this particular day because it would have been her mum's 61st birthday. What did get Jackie's goat were some uncalled for comments and opinions given to her on social media about how her mum would not have wanted her to cut off her hair. "How would they know, they didn't know her!" Jackie told me.
I didn't ever meet Jackie's mum, but if she was anything like her daughter then "feisty" may have been used occasionally to describe her. Thankfully 99.9% of the comments were positive and supportive and there was the small matter of more than 3000 quid raised for charity to consider. There was definately going to be NO going back.
Jackie's hair was washed, blow dried and then separated into four bunches. Then it was cut by Charlotte from Salon B in Portals Nous.
There were tears, of course.
Firstly the bunches were chopped off.
And then out came the clippers.
By the end of it all there was quite a pile of hair on the floor.
Some of Jackie's friends had gathered to wish her well and put some money in the tin.
Some of the money Jackie raised is going to the Macmillan nurses in the UK and the rest of it is going to a local cancer support group here in Mallorca. This is Barbra and Krista from the Cancer Support Group who came along to cheer her on. Jackie's hair is also off to do good as it has been donated to the Little Princess Trust which makes real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair.
And also Izzy and Angel both singers who work on the island, had come to entertain the gang. Izzy sang a beautiful original song that made everyone cry. Including me.
And then it was time to dry our tears, rock the new look and get a few headshots.
Weirdly she seems taller without her hair... can that be so?
I think she looks beautiful. She's glowing.
What did Roald Dahl say?
Well done chick, lots of love. xxx
If you want to make a donation you still can. Visit Jackie's Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jackie-Lancaster1
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