Carole’s “bald” move to help people with cancer

Carole says goodbye to her hair with Rugby Mayor Sally Bragg  and Anna Winton, of Experience Hair Design.
Carole says goodbye to her hair with Rugby Mayor Sally Bragg and Anna Winton, of Experience Hair Design.
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Brave Rugby woman Carole Smith has beaten cancer and gone on to help other people with the disease.

She had all her hair shaved off on Tuesday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Carole was joined by Rugby Mayor Sally Bragg for the cut, at Experience Hair Design in Rugby.

She said: “I’m disabled and although I can’t do marathons, this was something I could do.

“So many members of my friends and family have been affected by cancer, including myself. My friend lost her mum to cancer whilst I was fundraising, so my brave the shave is in memory of Stella Garbutt, along with my Nan, who we lost 20 years ago.”

Carole knew something was wrong when a scab would not heal on her face.

She had basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) removed from her nose in 2011 and later a lump removed from my hand that was Bowen’s disease, which is an early form of skin cancer.

She said: “I’m told sun damage has caused freckles, lumps and patches on my arms.

“This was all caused by the sun so now I follow the ‘slip, slap, slop’ rule. It means slip on a T-shirt, slap on a hat and slop on the sunscreen and I encourage others to do the same too.”

Carole has raised more than £450 for charity so far.

“There’s still time to sponsor me,” said Carole.

“I wasn’t scared at all - my hair will grow back,” she said.

Sponsor Carole by visiting https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/carole-smith/