A BRAVE mum is going to shave off her hair to help raise funds for a Hartlepool-based charity.
Kelly Willingham, 36, will be doing the deed on stage at the Miles for Men event, due to take place in Hartlepool on Sunday, July 27. The annual fundraiser is in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Kelly wanted to get involved because she is family friends with an inspirational young man left paralysed by cancer, who is himself taking part in Miles for Men despite months of gruelling treatment.
As reported by the Mail, Stephen Trotter was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma last July, and was left devastated when medics told him that the treatment he needed would leave him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
But after the initial heartbreak, the 20-year-old devoted himself to fighting the disease, and after undergoing a gruelling 10 months of chemotherapy and 50 sessions of radiotherapy as part of his ongoing treatment, he has now vowed to be at the start line of this year’s Miles for Men.
Kelly, of Wordsworth Avenue, said: “I am shaving my head for this amazing charity because a very close, very special friend of mine is going through the hardest fight of his life.
“Ste Trotter, who will be shaving my head, is an inspiration to us all.
“If the money we raise can someway help find a cure or just make life easier for people fighting this awful disease it is worth doing,” added the mum-of-two, who is married to Michael Willingham, 42.
Stephen’s mum, Lynne Hamilton, said: “It is amazing what Kelly is doing.”
The 5k Miles for Men fun run will be starting and finishing at The Domes, in Tees Road, Seaton Carew.
Founder Michael Day wanted to do something in memory of his late father, Michael Day Snr, who lost his battle with throat cancer in 2007, aged 67, and since its launch, the charity has now raised £84,500.
There is a 2,000 limit on runners at Hartlepool this year, with the event starting at 1pm. Anyone wanting to register for the Hartlepool event should visit www.milesformen.co.uk. To sponsor Kelly visit www.justgiving.com/kelly-willingham