Last month, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The prognosis is good, all things considered, but it’s a lot for her to deal with.
One minute she’s walking around, feeling absolutely fine – and then, in an instant, her world is turned upside down.
And there’s nothing she can do about it.
She feels helpless.
And so do I.
It feels like there’s very little I, or the rest of my family, can do to help.
A hug. A word of encouragement. An ear to listen. A shoulder to cry on.
That’s about it.
We can’t fight the cancer, we can’t take the chemo for her and we can’t give her an organ.
All we can do is help her cope.
She hasn’t even started chemo yet, but already she’s worrying about losing her hair.
I don’t want her to feel self-conscious about that. Not on top of everything else.
I jokingly told her she could have mine. She laughed.
Okay, so she’d look ridiculous in a Paul-wig. But maybe instead of giving her hair, I could just give her a bit of confidence?
Maybe if I shaved my head, she won’t worry about it as much.
Maybe she’ll even see the funny side.
And maybe we’ll raise some money for a good cause. It is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth after all.
So that’s the plan.
Now, those of you who know me will know that I’ve shaved my head before. So you might be thinking this is no big deal.
Well, you’d be right. That’s why I’m going to go full on slap-head. Cue ball. Chrome dome.
And if we hit the donation targets, I’ll even wax my eyebrows off completely.
And the beard? Well shaving it off is a bit too easy, so you can choose a ridiculous style for it instead.
And I will look like a giant, expressionless purple-Hitler-tache-wearing baby, for charity. If you so choose.
So here's the deal...
£0 - head shaved. Any donation would be greatly appreciated though :)
£750 - One eyebrow waxed
£1,000 - Both eyebrows waxed
And the person who gives the highest single donation gets to choose my beard style/colour.
All funds raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
And I’ll wear whatever I end up with for a whole month...
Thanks for reading! If you feel like donating to a great cause, making me look ridiculous and giving my mum something to smile about, you know what to do...