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Grantham couple brave the shave together for charity

A husband and wife have raised more than £1,500 for charity by shaving their heads together.

Sarah and Jay Kmieciak-Thorpe, of Bridge End Road, Grantham, wanted a way to support Macmillan Cancer Support after seeing first hand the amount of help it provides.

Sarah, who works as an accountant in Grantham, said: “My friend’s dad has been undergoing cancer treatment for 20 years and was in a really bad place. I asked whether any charities had been helping provide support over the years and she said that Macmillan had certainly been one of them.

Sarah Kmieciak-Thorpe. (21700792)
Sarah Kmieciak-Thorpe. (21700792)

“I had felt a bit useless as I could offer a listening ear and hugs but practical support and understanding was a little harder, so I decided that I wanted to give back to the charity and say thank you – I’d shave my head.”

Jay, 40, whose own father was diagnosed five years ago with myeloma, also decided to take part after being granted permission from his workplace.

The couple, who are parents to five-year-old Andrew and Reuben, 3, were soon inundated with support and found themselves with quite an audience on the day of the shave.

Sarah, 36, added: “Our friend Simon Smith runs the barbers in Wide Westgate and agreed to do the honour in front of our parents, family and friends.

“My favourite thing was watching the faces of everyone around me. I wish I had been holding a camera. There were looks of shock and horror, but then everyone thought it actually suited me.”

Sarah has also donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust, which provides free real hair wigs to children and young adults who have lost their hair due to illness.

Sarah added: “Our boys were a bit nervous, one asking if he could stay at Nanny’s until my hair grew back. I think it was hard for him to understand but it was all worth it.”

Sarah and Jay Kmieciak-Thorpe shaved their heads for charity. (22133380)
Sarah and Jay Kmieciak-Thorpe shaved their heads for charity. (22133380)

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