Sian's bald move to raise awareness
A Bedminster woman has raised over £1,400 for charity after braving a head shave in memory of a close friend who recently died from pancreatic cancer.
Sian Beynon, 46, was joined by her husband, children and friends at You Hairdressing in North Street as she waved goodbye to her shoulder-length locks.
It had been a month since the funeral of friend Fran House, who Sian had been close pals with since studying together at college in Yeovil.
The money raised will go to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, a charity dedicated to improving research around the disease.
Sian says that she hopes that by fundraising for the charity, she will raise more awareness of pancreatic cancer which sees only 5-8 per cent of people diagnosed, surviving five years or more*.
Symptoms often appear at a later stage, making the disease extremely hard to treat.
Sian said: “I’m wanting to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer which is such a killer. It’s an under-funded cancer – it only receives 2 per cent of research funding. It needs a lot more money.”
She added: “It’s the same old story with pancreatic cancer – they didn’t know what was wrong until it was too late.
“Fran had been going to the doctors and had been ill for about 12 months, and when they finally diagnosed it, she had weeks to live.
“I wanted to do something in her memory – I think she’d find me shaving my head quite funny.”
Sian says that she has been amazed at the amount she has raised, as she was only expecting a couple of hundred pounds in donations.
After the head shave, Sian said: “The grey’s quite a shock but it doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would … it feels quite liberating actually.”
Proud husband, Lester said: “For someone who has had long hair all their life, I think it’s an incredibly brave thing to do.”
To donate towards Sian’s fundraising initiative, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/sianbaldynoggin
*Statistics from www.pcrf.org.uk