When MABS volunteer, Val Vickery, was told that she would need intensive chemotherapy as part of her treatment for breast cancer, she knew that she would have to lose her hair.
Husband, Malcolm, is also a MABS volunteer, and they can both be found every Saturday, outside The Arches restaurant in Los Alcázares, selling books to raise funds for MABS Murcia.
Malcolm wanted to do something to make Val feel more comfortable about her hair loss, so he decided to have his head shaved to keep her company.
When the owner of The Arches found out what he was doing, she offered to hold an event to raise money for MABS with Malcolm’s head shave as the main feature.
Ali’s daughter, Sam, heard about it and she immediately decided to join in and have her lovely, long, blonde locks cut off to raise money. Her own sponsorship total had reached over €400 on the night.
Last Thursday (15th September), Suzy G joined the sell-out crowd at The Arches to watch Malcolm and Sam lose their locks. Hairdresser, Joanne, from Ascension Estetica in Los Alcázares, with razor at the ready, started Malcolm’s head shave, with a number 4 cut. Suzy G chivvied up the audience and got them to pay for the next stage – a number 3, and so on, until they reached zero. Malcolm received kisses on his bald head for his bravery from Suzy G and Val.
Sam then bravely stepped forward and mum, Ali, made the first cut into her long, blonde tresses. “This is quite an emotional moment for both of us” said Ali “because Sam has had long hair ever since she was a baby”. Hairdresser Joanne’s son, George, at the tender age of thirteen, was next for the chop, with a stylish head shave, leaving a tuft at the front.
Suzy G ended the evening with her inimitable entertainment style, getting everyone up and dancing into the late hours. MABS raised over €1,200 on the night, with sponsorship money still coming in. “It’s been a fantastic night” remarked Malcolm “and we’d like to thank everyone for their support”. Malcolm and Val were given matching caps by MABS sponsors, Iceland Overseas
MABS would like to thank Ali, Sam and The Arches team, Suzy G and Joanne for giving their time for free, and all the wonderful supporters and sponsors for helping them raise such an amazing amount.