Southsea couple say goodbye to hair for charity

Sam Robinson, Kate Thompson, hairdresser Belinda Cleary and Paul Robinson
Sam Robinson, Kate Thompson, hairdresser Belinda Cleary and Paul Robinson

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W anting to give something back to a charity close to their hearts spurred on a couple to shave their heads.

Paul Robinson and Kate Thompson said goodbye to their hair as they took part in Macmillan’s Brave The Shave campaign.

When it came about, the time at the hairdressers was a lot of fun and the nerves went away.’

Kate Thompson

The pair were joined by Paul’s son Sam, who also decided to get his head shaved.

Both Paul and Kate have experience of cancer, with Kate treated for the illness in 1999 and Paul currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Kate, 51, from Southsea, says: ‘A couple of months ago we saw the Brave The Shave campaign and we thought it was the perfect chance to give something back to Macmillan.

‘When I had cancer, I had a Macmillan nurse so I know all about the fantastic work they do.

‘Paul has cancer at the moment so we both know how important the charity is.’

Kate adds the closer it got to the event, the more nervous she became.

‘When we first signed up, I was okay about it,’ she adds.

‘But the days before I was nervous. When it came about, the time at the hairdressers was a lot of fun and the nerves went away.’

Kate’s hairdresser, Belinda Cleary from Medusa Hairdressing in Southsea, had the task of shaving off the hair.

To make the day fun, she styled a mohawk on them both before shaving it all off.

Paul, 55, says: ‘Belinda did a really good job and at the end she got out a razor and did the traditional shave which was really nice.

‘It’s great that Kate and I did it together. I was a little bit shocked when I mentioned it and she said she wanted to do it too.’

Kate adds: ‘It has been a couple of weeks now and it is still weird seeing myself with no hair but it was worth it.’

So far, the couple have raise around £1,000 with donations still to come in. To give money visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/paul-robinson