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Fulwood mum braves the shave for Rosemere

Posted on - 11th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, People, Preston News
Joel and Donna, with her new haircut Pic: Si Miller
Joel and Donna, with her new haircut Pic: Si Miller

A Fulwood mum has shown extra bravery to ‘brave the shave’ for charity – by letting her seven-year-old son take charge of the clippers.

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Donna Carey and son Joel streamed the head shave live on Facebook on Saturday (6 June) to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Just seven weeks ago, Donna, a teaching assistant at Acorns Primary School, discovered a lump in her breast. A week later, she underwent a mastectomy, and on Monday (8 June), she had her first of six sessions of chemotherapy. Once the 16-week course is completed, Donna will start radiotherapy treatment.

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Donna said: “I was just folding my arms when I found a lump. We were already in lockdown but I saw a doctor and was referred for tests. My diagnosis came as a huge shock. I have had to go to all my appointments on my own, which has been tough, but I realise I have been very lucky to have had the treatment I have had so quickly.

“It’s just me and Joel so I have had to tell him that I am going to have some medicine that will make me lose my hair. But I don’t want the cancer controlling me. I shaved my hair off before it falls out to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. When I told Joel he could make a start with the clippers. he was very excited about it, which is good because I have tried to play things down for him.”

Joel shaving his mum's head Pic: Si Miller
Donna said: “I don’t want the cancer controlling me” Pic: Si Miller

So far, Donna’s family and friends have donated almost £2,500 via her JustGiving page.

Donna said: “I am very grateful to everyone who has donated. My original brave the shave target was to raise £475 so I have already surpassed this. Friends have shared my page and so I have had donations from people I have never met, which I have found very moving.”

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