Beeston woman’s fourth breast cancer battle inspires sister’s headshave

PUBLISHED: 16:54 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 01 October 2018

Melanie Scotchford, left, who inspired her sister Claire Blake, right, to shave her head for charity. Picture: Melanie Scotchford

Melanie Scotchford, left, who inspired her sister Claire Blake, right, to shave her head for charity. Picture: Melanie Scotchford

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A Beeston woman’s fourth breast cancer battle has inspired her sister to have her head shaved to show solidarity and raise money for charity.

Claire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie ScotchfordClaire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie Scotchford

Melanie Scotchford last month started chemotherapy yet again, after her second mastectomy and reconstruction.

Melanie’s sister Claire Blake has described her as an “absolute trooper”, while friend Marissa Cameron called her “a true warrior”.

Melanie told the Comet: “I try to make a joke of what I’m going through. It helps me stay positive.

“My friends have been amazing, going over and above anything I could imagine – especially people who I haven’t actually known that long.”

Claire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie ScotchfordClaire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie Scotchford

Claire, who lives in St Neots, has raised more than £2,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support by smashing the charity’s Brave the Shave challenge.

She had her blue and blonde locks shaved off on Friday by Filippo Russo of St Neots, with Melanie looking on and taking pictures.

Claire only set out to raise £250 at first, but has been blown away by the generosity of donors from near and far.

As early as September 10, when she had only raised £250, she posted on social media that all the donations had her in tears.

Claire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie ScotchfordClaire Blake having her head shaved for charity in support of her sister Melanie Scotchford. Picture: Melanie Scotchford

“Thank you to everyone who has donated,” she posted. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me.”

In a subsequent post, she said: “I can’t believe how generous you’ve all been! I know I keep saying it, but it means the absolute world to me that so many people have chosen to support me in this. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.”

She added: “The work Macmillan do helps so many people who are fighting cancer. If you can spare a few pounds to help out, that would be incredible.”

The sisters have received dozens of supportive comments on Claire’s Brave the Shave fundraising page.

Those commenting included Marissa, who wrote: “Two brave ladies, one strong mission. Proud of you both.

“Well done for raising awareness and monies to support others going through the same.

“You both have my total respect and admiration.”

If you’d like to donate to Claire’s fundraising total, have a look at bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/claire-blake.

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