Liz’s close shave for a good cause

Liz Cullen who runs slimming world at Bispham Community Centre has had her head shaved for Macmillan 'Brave The Shave' campaign.'Liz is pictured during her head shave with Lynn Hardcastle who shaved Liz's head.'20th August 2015
Liz Cullen who runs slimming world at Bispham Community Centre has had her head shaved for Macmillan 'Brave The Shave' campaign.'Liz is pictured during her head shave with Lynn Hardcastle who shaved Liz's head.'20th August 2015
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Liz Cullen was determined to brave the shave. And she certainly did!

The 57-year-old, from Thornton, is now shiny-headed after having all her hair shaved off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – despite her wedding being just months away.

Slimming World consultant Liz is getting married in May, and is hoping her hair will have grown back and she won’t need a wig.

But she was still determined to go a cut above, in order to hit her target of raising £1,000 for the cancer charity’s Brave the Shave initiative.

She said: “I wanted to raise money for Macmillan and lots of people seem to do a cake bake, but I thought with me being a Slimming World consultant, that wasn’t really for me. I had heard about Brave the Shave, so thought I would do it.

“I lost one of my close friends to cancer last year.

“So I thought it would be nice to do something in memory of her.

“As I have my hair short anyway, I felt I had to shave it all right off, not even a number one – no hair left at all, just completely shiny.

“I’m getting married next spring, so I am hoping it will have grown back and there will be no need for a wig.

“Though when I was a baby, it took about two years to grow a hair on my head.

“I have almost 300 members at Blackpool Holy Family and Bispham Community Centre, and with the generosity of them and family and friends, I had raised more than £700 before I’d had the head shave.

“The head shave took place in between two of my groups at Bispham Community Centre. We also had a healthy Slimming World cake stall to raise some extra pennies.

“I am really passionate about my role at Slimming World – it can make a real difference to health.

“Losing just 10 per cent of your body-weight can decrease your chances of having certain cancers, together with great benefits for diabetics and those suffering from heart disease. “Slimming World is all about the community and we try and take on challenges every year.

“I hope to raise awareness, as well as money, when people ask me about my bald head – I can explain why.”

Visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk and search under Liz Cullen to support Liz’s efforts.