REDDITCH coach driver Mark Williams is having not just his beard but his ‘full head of hair’ shaved off for Macmillan.
Mark, from Church Hill, took the step after being stunned by the level of care devoted to his partner Sue’s father as he battled cancer.
“To be honest none of my family had ever suffered from cancer, thank goodness, and so I wasn’t really aware of what they did,” said Mark, aged 46, who drives for Johnsons Coaches.
“But when they stepped in with Sue’s dad John Thomas, I saw how they lifted the cloud off my other half and her sister.
“The Macmillan nurses took all the stress off them.
“There were some things my father-in-law couldn’t say to them, about after he’d gone because he didn’t want to upset them, but I know he found it a great comfort talking to the Macmillan nurse.
“And they let him go with such dignity, in his sleep, they were truly amazing and it really opened my eyes to what they did.”
Inspired, Mark has now set himself the target of raising £2,000 for Macmillan, and is not stopping at just have his beard shaved off, but all his hair.
“Let’s put it this way, for my age I’ve got a full head of hair,” he said.
“My partner thinks it’s a sweet idea – she knows I love my beard above everything else and I think deep down she’s glad it’s going.”
The big shave is being held at Haircraft at the top of Beoley Road on Monday, October 7, and in the meantime Mark, who has so far raised £820 of his target is urging people to boost his total – visit https://bit.ly/2lEmwTK .