Courageous teenager Hollie Lewis shaved her head in front of a supportive crowd on Thursday 3rd November in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.
The 17-year-old Bexhill College student was cheered on by her friends and peers while her Nan watched by her side.
Hollie said, “I took part in Brave the Shave because my nan was recently diagnosed with cancer. One of her biggest worries is losing all of her hair - so I decided to ‘brave the shave’ to offer my support.”
The College organised the shave to take place in their refectory. The College’s own hairdressing and barbering students cut off two locks of her hair as a memento before shaving it all off.
Hollie has received several sponsorships and donations through her online page and there were collection buckets filled during the day. In total she’s raised nearly £1000, with some people still wanting to sponsor her.
Hollie added: “It’s absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier. I'm a bit chilly now around my neck and ears but it was all completely worth it!”
Cancer has affected other members of Hollie’s family; her aunt has been diagnosed twice, and her grandma, great-grandma and great-grandad passed away from cancer.
She hopes to inspire others to do something brave and support those who are battling with cancer or who’ve been affected by the disease.
Macmillan say donations can help to maintain and build new information and support centres. Nurses are there to support patients – from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
To sponsor Hollie visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/hollie-lewis and visit the Bexhill College Youtube channel to watch a video of Hollie's experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKwrc7KOUSE