The Deputy Mayor of Wokingham is going to have his head shaved in public this weekend to raise money for a cancer charity.
Cllr Beth Rowland, who represents South Lake in Woodley, will take part in the ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support after several people in her life were diagnosed.
“Just recently three people in my life were diagnosed with various forms of cancer,” Cllr Rowland explained.
“The first is a young colleague who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She uses Macmillan to support her and they have been wonderful. I also have two other colleagues who have been affected.
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A member of staff at the Marc Antoni hair salon in Woodley will shave Cllr Rowland’s head outside the store at 11am on Saturday September 24.
Its initial goal of £500 has already been exceeded, with £620 having been raised so far.
Wokingham Council Leader Cllr Clive Jones, who underwent surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, said Cllr Rowland was “incredibly brave” to do so.
I remember 14 years ago I had to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There was the potential for me to lose my hair and I certainly didn’t want to do that.
“Macmillan’s nurses do an exceptionally good job and every penny she gets from this will be well spent and much appreciated by people who unfortunately have to use their services,” he said.
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Cllr Rowand insists she is not brave.
“Courageous people are those who undergo operations and chemotherapy. For me, it’s a negligible loss, and my hair will grow back. I am very confident to do this,” she added.
The Deputy Mayor has been a Wokingham councilor for over 25 years. She is also a town councillor, governor of South Lake Primary School and trustee of the Waingels Trust.
Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, who will be attending the charity head shave, said it was “great” to be able to help Cllr Rowland support the “vital work” that Macmillan is doing.