A Worthing teenager who is to Brave the Shave for charity says it is the biggest decision she has ever made.
Zara Goldsmith, 17, of South Farm Road, wanted to do something for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her grandad and cousin.
She said: “Shaving my head is the biggest decision I have ever made but if I’m going to do something for charity then its either go big or go home. So I’m going big.
“It’s a charity very close to my heart and I have managed to raise £260 so far but I would love to be able to raise a lot more.
“It is a big thing for a 17-year-old girl to do, considering our hair is one of our most favourite features as women.”
Zara said Grandad George was one of the most important men in her life. He died from cancer on October 22, 2008.
She then lost one of the most important women in her life, her cousin Elaine Butcher, who died from cancer on April 23 this year.
“Cancer is affecting too many people too quickly, including many other people very close to me,” Zara added.
“The reason I have decided to shave my head is because I have witnessed people having to lose their hair due to treatment for cancer and I want to stand by them and support them to show them they’re not alone.
“I want to do something in remembrance of my grandad and my cousin as I really feel like it is going to make me feel a whole lot closer to them.
“Macmillan Cancer Support reaches and improves the lives of those living with cancer in the UK. Not only do they support the cancer sufferers but they help support their families and friends as well. I will be forever grateful for the amount of care and attention they give to them.”
Zara plans to Brave the Shave on Saturday. Visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/zara-goldsmith to make a donation.
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