Debra’s head shave to support sister with rare cancer

Debra Van Aarde, who shaved her head to raise money for cancer. (s)
Debra Van Aarde, who shaved her head to raise money for cancer. (s)
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Homebase employee Debra Van Aarde showed her sisterly support quite literally to raise funds for the charity who helped her sibling, Michelle Simpson, through a rare form of cancer.

Michelle (42) was in December diagnosed with small cell cervical cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease that usually occurs in the lungs.

Michelle started her first round of chemotherapy in January, losing all her hair as a result of the treatment.

Debra said: “I first thought about shaving my own head when Michelle began to lose her hair, so I could at least go through some of the process with her.

“I mentioned it to my fellow managers and colleagues at Homebase and they said if I went ahead they would be more than happy to support me any way they could.

“Within 24 hours, everything was set up. All our customers were so generous, both at the event and in the run up to the day. We also had help from Sainsbury’s, where Michelle usually works and they let us fund raise in store on the day with help from her colleagues Lynne Bateman and Dareena Baines.”

To date, Debra has raised over £1,100 for Macmillan Cancer Care. To donate, visit: Van-Aarde