Heacham great-grannies join #nomakeupselfie craze

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Two Heacham great-grandmothers took the social media world by storm by joining the #nomakeupselfie trend to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

May Race, 94, and her youngest sister Brenda Page, 81, stumped up £5 each to Cancer Research UK and posted a photo of themselves, without make-up, on Facebook and Twitter.

The heart-warming snap of the two smiling pensioners from Heacham was so popular it featured on ITV’s This Morning in a round-up of the best ‘selfies’ from across the UK.

The sisters were inspired to take part in the ‘selfie’ phenomenon after May’s daughter Janice Curtis, granddaughter Jemma Greef, and other family members, posted selfies in support of the charity.

Jemma said: “When my mum told them about it they immediately wanted to join in. Nan is still recovering from a stroke and fall last year and she found it difficult to hold the camera herself, so mum held it while Brenda pressed the button. They were giggling so much we had to have four attempts! Then I posted it on Facebook and Twitter.

“Nan and great auntie Brenda have always supported Cancer Research UK because they lost their sister, Ann, to stomach cancer. Also my dad died of prostate cancer several years ago and that had a big impact on the family.

“I took part in Cambridge Race for Life myself a few years ago, and many of my aunts and cousins do Race for Life at Houghton Hall every year. We feel it’s a really important cause.”

May and Brenda are from a family of nine siblings, and between them have 11 children, 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

May said: “We’re both a bit old to do things like Race for Life, so we thought doing our own ‘selfie’ was a way to make a contribution as well as having a bit of a laugh.”

Jane Redman, Norfolk spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said, “We can’t say for certain, but we’re pretty sure May and Brenda are the oldest people to post a selfie as part of the #nomakeupselfie trend.

“Thanks to people choosing to donate to us we’ve been overwhelmed with donations and support in the past 48 hours. We’ve raised over £8m so far, and the #nomakeupselfie is still going strong!

“The trend isn’t something Cancer Research UK started so it’s been fantastic to see so many people getting involved and wanting to use their selfie to raise money for our life-saving research.”

If people would like to choose to support our work to beat cancer sooner, they can text BEAT to 70099 to donate £3 or visit www.cruk.org. Posting a ‘selfie’ is not everyone’s cup of tea, so any lady looking for a different challenge can help just as much by joining one of our Race for Life events across the county this summer.

To enter Race for Life’s 5k or 10k events in Norfolk visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.