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Sharon has braved the shave in memory of her mum

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Horsham postwoman Sharon Miles has shaved her head to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of her mother.

Sharon also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which creates wigs for children and young people who have lost their hair.

Her mum, Sylvia, died last year after being diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer in 2013. By the time of diagnosis, the disease had sadly spread to her ribs and into both lungs.

‘Mum ended up having major surgery and went on to have 10 rounds of radiotherapy and then on to chemotherapy, until the cancer had become terminal,’ said Sharon. ‘She fought so hard and stayed positive all the way.

‘Last April, they did tests to see why Mum was suddenly shorter of breath. The results told them that she wasn’t going to make her 70th birthday, and then later when we had left, she was told she would only have a few months to live.

‘We were all devastated by the news. She was only in hospital for five days when she died in her sleep.’

Sharon underwent the head shave on the day when her mum would have celebrated her 70th birthday.

‘People have told me I’m brave, but I don’t think so,’ she added. ‘The people who have cancer and go through radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery – they’re the brave ones.’

Sharon has already raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan with her efforts. If you would like to donate online, you can visit her fundraising page here.