September 26th, 2016

Janet’s buzzing after a brave shave for charity

Janet’s buzzing after a brave shave for charity Janet’s buzzing after a brave shave for charity
Updated: 10:16 am, Aug 22, 2015

A DEDICATED charity manager surrendered to the clippers last week when she had her hair shaved down to a Grade One buzz cut.

Janet Johnson is one of 19,809 brave shavers who said goodbye to their locks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign and have collectively raised £1,419,163.24 for the charity.

The 60-year-old braved the shave on Friday (August 14) at Gymophobics, a women’s only gym on Albert Street.

“I am absolutely looking forward to it,” said Janet, speaking before the shears whirred into action.

“I’m going from silver fox to bald eagle.”

The Enfield resident added she heard about the scheme when listening to the radio in her car.

“They asked if anyone knew someone who had had cancer and if we were feeling brave.

“I said to myself yes, I am feeling brave and signed up that evening.”

That was three months ago and inspirational Janet added that although she was feeling a bit nervous so close to the chop, she was excited and that shaving her head was not a big sacrifice.

“It’s only hair,” she added. “It will grow back whereas people die from cancer.”

Janet, who works for Redditch Play Council in Batchley, had not had her hair cut for the three months leading up to the event and was surrounded by friends and family as her hair fell to the ground at the hands of Gymophobics owner Zoe Cooke.

Marc Johnson, Janet’s son, said: “I am really proud of her but I can’t imagine what she will look like.”

The brave grandmother has currently raised £430 – smashing her £350 target by 123 per cent.

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