Stotfold’s Jordan ‘braves the shave’ in mum’s memory at Royston salon

PUBLISHED: 08:31 16 November 2017

Jordan Allen, centre, with sister Stevie and dad Lee after he braved the shave for Macmillan. Picture: Martyn Sansom

Jordan Allen, centre, with sister Stevie and dad Lee after he braved the shave for Macmillan. Picture: Martyn Sansom

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A young man from Stotfold who lost his mum to cancer 15 weeks ago has ‘braved the shave’ at a Royston salon to raise cash in her memory.

Jordan Allen with mum Amanda. Picture: Stevie PinnellJordan Allen with mum Amanda. Picture: Stevie Pinnell

Jordan Allen was inspired to have his locks chopped off – with the help of the team at Saks in High Street – after his mum Amanda passed away aged just 49.

The 20-year-old’s sister Stevie Pinnell, 26, said: ”My brother had his hair cut in memory of my mum, who we lost seven weeks after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer on June 15.

“She went into Lister Hospital after complications and after 48 hours she was no longer with us.

Jordan Allen wanted to brave the shave to raise funds for Macmillan in memory of his mum Amanda, who died aged 49. Picture: Martyn SansomJordan Allen wanted to brave the shave to raise funds for Macmillan in memory of his mum Amanda, who died aged 49. Picture: Martyn Sansom

“My brother and I cannot say enough about how amazing the Macmillian nurses were – they were always there for us.

“Dawn Atkinson was the Macmillian nurse at the Lister with us, and we could go to her when we didn’t understand what the doctors were trying to explain.”

Macmillan nurses are specialists who assess complex needs, give advice to other healthcare professionals, and support people with cancer – and their families – to understand their treatment options.

Jordan Allen with hairdresser Charlotte Wood. Picture: Martyn SansomJordan Allen with hairdresser Charlotte Wood. Picture: Martyn Sansom

Most Macmillan nurses are employed by the NHS and their posts are funded by cancer-support charity Macmillan for usually the initial three years.

After that time, the long-term funding is taken up by the NHS or other partner organisations.

Jordan – who works as a leisure assistant at Pendleton Sports Centre on the outskirts of Arlesey – raised nearly £800 for Macmillan from having his hair shaved off, which he had done in front of his sister, dad Lee, 42, and plenty of other supporters.

Jordan Allen after he braved the shave. Picture: Martyn SansomJordan Allen after he braved the shave. Picture: Martyn Sansom

Stevie, who lives with Jordan in Stotfold and has worked as an office assistant at Royston solicitors Curwens for the past five years, said: “All the girls from the Curwens office crammed into the little salon in Royston when my brother had his hair chopped off.

“My family and work have been so supportive which has helped us through. Jordan’s friend Liam is already gearing up for another Brave the Shave to help also.

“We wanted to tell our story in order to give support to other families going through the same thing.

Jordan and Stevie with their mum Amanda. Picture: Stevie PinnellJordan and Stevie with their mum Amanda. Picture: Stevie Pinnell

“All of this has been such a shock. My mum and I lived together for a while and I still think she is just going to come through the door as always.

“Mum wouldn’t like us to wallow in it, she loved life and wanted us to get on with it.

“She was the life and soul of the party, a free spirit and a loving and giving person who I miss so much.”

Stevie Pinnell with her mum Amanda, who lost her battle with cancer in August. Picture: Stevie PinnellStevie Pinnell with her mum Amanda, who lost her battle with cancer in August. Picture: Stevie Pinnell

To add to Jordan’s total go to bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/jordan-allen.

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