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Jenni braves the shave for charity

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An Ilkeston woman has braved the shave for charity in memory of a friend who died from cancer.

Jenni Walker, 62, of Duke Street, went the whole hog and had her hair completely shaved off.

The sponsored head shave was part of MacMillan’s Brave the Shave campaign.

She signed up to the challenge after a friend of hers died from cancer.

She said: “I miss her and thought this would be a good opportunity. Macmillan helped her in the three years she was ill.”

Mrs Walker, who is chairman of Ilkeston Theatre Company and Shopmobility Co-ordinator for Erewash Borough Cocil, said: “Most people just go down to a blade one or two but I had a wet shave and am completely bald.

“It felt very strange but I don’t mind. It makes you realise what people have to go through and has given me a whole new perspective.”

Jenni’s friend Mark Pote did the honours in front of her manager and several colleagues from the council, together with all the members of Ilkeston Theatre Company.

She said: “It was a really good night and they were all very supportive.

“My sponsorship target was to raise £250, but I am thrilled to report that I have in fact collected £650 to date which also includes donations from members at Shopmobility and friends and neighbours.

“I, and my very cold head would like to thank everyone for their wonderful generosity and I can truly say it has been a very worthwhile experience.

“Everybody has supported me and the company has got involved.

“My husband, Keith, is proud and my family have been supportive. Even my brother’s dog donated.”