Fareham man inspired by relatives to brave the shave for Macmillan cancer

Barber Curtis Shipstom shaving Nathaniel Muckett's hair. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Barber Curtis Shipstom shaving Nathaniel Muckett's hair. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
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STUDENT Nathaniel Muckett shaved his head in memory of his late aunt and uncle to raise money for charity.

The 32-year-old underwent the razor in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support via its Brave the Shave campaign, which to date has seen 19,616 people raise £1,340,000.

He chose Macmillan after the charity gave support to his family when both his aunt and uncle died from cancer.

Nathaniel, from Longfield Avenue, Fareham, said: ‘They have helped us and helped the family a lot through both deaths.

‘I’m doing it in memory of my aunt who died last year and my uncle who died this year.

‘My aunt just loved life, loved going out in the garden, loved going out walking the dogs.’

His aunt Caroline Briggs, from Fareham, died aged 64 in February last year.

Nathaniel had a close relationship with his aunt and undertook the responsibility of palliative care for her in the final few months.

After the pain of his aunt’s death, he was again struck by tragedy two weeks ago when his uncle Mike Perkins died aged 78.

‘Before the illness, I wasn’t as close to him as some of the family but over the last year or so we got closer,’ added Nathaniel.

Both his aunt and uncle died from lung cancer, which is responsible for one in five of all cancer-related deaths.

The two losses have reaffirmed Nathaniel’s desire to study social care at Fareham College before going on to the University of Southampton to become a qualified mental health nurse.

His head shave took place at His and Kids Hair shop on Highlands Road, Fareham, and manager Katie Lundbech donated the cut free of charge.

‘It is all in aid of supporting a good cause,’ she said.

Nathaniel has raised more than £200 with the head shave.

He said: ‘It’s been really good, it’s taken a bit of getting used to having no hair but it’s not that bad actually. I could get used to it!’

To donate to Nathaniel’s fund or just support Macmillan Cancer Support visit: macmillan.org.