MEMBERS of a netball team are having their heads shaved to show their support for their team captain who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jenny Rouen received the devastating news on August 19 and has just started her chemotherapy treatment.
On the day of the diagnosis, members of the team congregated at Jenny’s house and the shave was mentioned.
Before they knew it, members were booking the room for the event and ‘Brave the Shave’ will now take place this Sunday evening (September 25) at the Royal British Legion Club in New Road, Rubery.
What began as a simple event (the room was hired so family and friends could watch the shave) has really taken off, thanks to social media.
Now the event will feature a DJ and junior disco and a raffle which boasts a number of prizes that have been donated by local businesses. They include cinema vouchers, wonderland tickets, afternoon tea and a junior Ferrari driving experience.
As well as all having their heads shaved, the Vixens had also set themselves a £2,000 fund-raising target for Macmillan Cancer Support.
But by Wednesday of this week, that total was smashed and the target has now been doubled to £4,000.
As The Standard went to press yesterday, more than £2,500 had been pledged.
One of the members Lisa Davies told The Standard: “The response to the shave has been overwhelming and we are all really looking forward to it.
“We can’t thank enough everyone who has supported us.”
Everyone is welcome to the event on Sunday which starts at 5pm. It is anticipated the headshave will start around 6pm.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/VixensNetballTeam for more and to donate to the cause.