Pearl braves the shave in memory of two best friends

Claire Tennyson

Reporter:

Claire Tennyson

A WOMAN who lost her two best friends to cancer within months of one another has braved the shave in aid of Macmillan.

Pearl Killen took on the courageous challenge in front of a packed Smithfield Bar on Saturday (December 1).

Speaking to the Ballymena Guardian, Pearl said she was "very emotional" while they shaved off her beautiful, black hair.

"I think everyone had a tear in their eye.

“We were all thinking about Anne and Sandra and remembering them in that moment.

"I had some of their favourite songs playing while they were shaving my head so it was very poignant.

"It was a very hard time for me losing my best friends.

"I wanted to do something in their memory and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer, the nurses who cared for them."

Pearl's brave the shave event has raised over £5,500 for the charity.

"I can't believe how much has been raised and I am really thankful for everyone who donated.

"I hope to raise money again in the future but I think I will leave it for a few months before embarking on anything else."

If you would like to donate to Pearl's fundraising efforts log onto her JustGiving page.

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer.

As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives.

This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support.

The charity believes the public can all help in some way to raise money for Macmillan.

You can raise money – through marathons, coffee mornings, street collections, sponsored events.

You can give time – at cancer care centres, events, fundraising groups.

You can share experiences – online, in the media and with each other.

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