A mother and daughter from Nordelph have shaved their heads for a cancer charity television advert.
Kerrie Pegrum and her mother, Jean Coleman, decided to apply to appear in the Macmillan Brave The Shave ad in memory of Kerrie’s grandparents, Doris and Jim Pegrum, who both had cancer.
Kerrie said: “We signed up after I saw a Macmillan Cancer Smacmillan cancer supportupport video and was moved to tears. We randomly got contacted by Macmillan because they liked our story, and then the next thing we knew we were being introduced to a film crew.”
The pair, who are both dog groomers, were picked out of thousands of people to star in this year’s national TV campaign to encourage others to undergo the same challenge.
Kerrie and Jean braved the shave on Tuesday, April 16 and their advert was first aired on TV a few weeks ago.
Friends and family were with them on the day of filming, with Kerrie’s brother Colin shaving mum Jean’s head, and friend Desire doing the honours for Kerrie.
Kerrie added: “Seeing the advert for the first time was really surreal but it was really nice at the same time.”
So far the duo have raised more than £2,300 for Macmillan, which is quadruple their original target of £500.
Kerrie said: “As far as we know, the response to the advert has been really positive for the campaign.
“People had been so excited for us to do the ad and the shave, and now they are saying how proud of us they are.
“We’ve been overwhelmed and feel very humbled by the support and generosity from everyone. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support.”
Macmillan has so far had 9,176 brave shavers and almost £750,000 has been gathered this year for the cancer support charity through these fundraisers.
Macmillan describe the challenge as a “hair-oic gesture which will help even more people take back control from cancer.”
Kerrie said: “Our hair will grow back, whereas some people facing cancer will sadly not survive, there is no comparison.”
If you would like to donate, watch the video or hear more about their story, visit: www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/kerriejean/