A STEVENSTON woman is aiming to raise £1,000 after shaving her head for a cancer charity.

Samantha Frew, 23, was inspired to take part in Brave the Shave for Macmillan Cancer Support after seeing the impact the disease has had on close family members and friends.

At time of writing the 23-year-old had raised almost £700.

Samantha told the Herald: “I have lost a lot of people in my family to cancer and I am a carer and deal with cancer every day.

“My granny died of cancer when I was really young and I remember visiting her in the hospice. I also lost an aunt to cancer too.

“I have also had a couple of friends battle cancer.

“Cancer can affect everybody. I just wanted to do something and make a difference however small.

“It’s incredibly important that we continue to fund charities during this time.

“I know there is a pandemic going on but people are still being diagnosed with cancer every day.

“Macmillan do a lot of great work and they cannot be forgotten.

“These charities need to survive as people need and rely on them.”

Samantha shaved her head last week and live streamed it on Facebook as family and friends encouraged her.

Almost a week on and she says she is getting used to her new look.

She told the Herald: “I was really nervous but I really wanted to do it.

“We have done well to raise as much as we have so far.

“I did a Facebook Live and had plenty of people encouraging me.

“My head is freezing, it is so cold all the time. It was daunting but I am getting used to it now.

“The support I have had so far has been incredible and I did not think I would raise the amount I have so far.”

To donate to Samantha’s fundraising page visit https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/samantha-frew