June braves the shave for Macmillan
June Blue, a Training and Assessment Officer with Progress to Excellence Ltd, has recently braved the shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, already raising over £1,300 for the national charity.
At the hands of her niece Amy and cheered on by colleagues at the company’s Birkenhead headquarters at Pacific Road, June lost her curly locks to help support people living with cancer.
After beating cancer herself last year, June took on the challenge in memory of her mother, Annie Williams, and her friend, Jennifer Leckie, who both lost their lives to the disease.
She said: “In truth, it all started as a bit of a joke as I was complaining to Amy about being fed up of my curls and spending ages trying to straighten my hair.
“At the same time, we heard about Brave The Shave and Amy encouraged me to do it. Amazingly, I started getting sponsorship right away – so there was nothing else I could do but go ahead.
“This was the first time I had ever done any charity fundraising and I set myself a target of £500. Incredibly, in two weeks, the figure at the end of my challenge had gone up to over £1,300. Family, friends and work colleagues have all been fantastic supporting me and being so generous with their donations.”
June joined Progress to Excellence 13 years ago and during her career has supported countless learners with health and social care apprenticeship qualifications at level 2, 3 and 5.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2016 but, determined the disease wouldn’t beat her, had major surgery followed by chemotherapy – working throughout her treatment without any disruption to learners. She has now been cancer-free for over a year and fit enough to walk over five miles with her four dogs.
June, who was named Trainer of the Year at the Progress to Excellence Training and Education Awards 2017, added: “During my illness, I was in touch with the Macmillan nurses a few times for advice and reassurance.
“Macmillan Cancer Support is a brilliant organisation for anyone who is battling with cancer so I’ve been really happy to have been raising vital funds for them.
“People say I was brave to have done the head shave. But I don’t see it as bravery at all – there was no pain attached to it!
“In fact, I’m getting used to the hairstyle, so much so that I might just keep it that way.”
To boost June’s fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support even further, you can donate here