Lynn health worker gets ready to Brave the Shave

Hannah Johns who is taking part in Brave the Shave for Macmillan ANL-160404-170009009
Hannah Johns who is taking part in Brave the Shave for Macmillan ANL-160404-170009009

A Lynn woman who lost two loved ones to cancer within just three weeks of each other is preparing to make a ‘bald’ decision to help others battling the disease.

Hannah Johns is having her hair shaved off in memory of her husband Michael and father Peter Sullivan, as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign.

The mum-of-two will undergo the clippers on her 42nd birthday, on Saturday, April 23, and hopes to raise around £1,000 for the cause.

Mrs Johns said her husband died from prostate cancer last February, and her father from bowel cancer just three weeks later.

“I knew when I met Michael and married him 12 years ago that he had cancer, but he got ill at Christmas time and didn’t recover,” she said.

“With dad it was more of a shock as he was only diagnosed two to three years beforehand and was gone in such a short space of time.”

She said Macmillan did so much to support them during their illnesses and support the family, that she wanted to give something back.

Mrs Johns, who has two sons Connor, 20, and Ewain, 14, had thought about doing Brave the Shave for a while.

But she decided to take the plunge following support from friends and colleagues at Vida Healthcare, with whom she works as a prescribing clerk and dispensary assistant, mainly at Fairstead Surgery and Gayton Road Health Centre.

The shave will take place at Razor Sharp barbers in Norfolk Street, Lynn, at 12.30pm.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mrs Johns can visit: bravetheshave.org.uk and search ‘Hannah Johns’.