Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave is back and set to raise millions

Back for its fourth year, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave is set to unite thousands of fundraisers in sponsored head shaves this August. Up and down the UK, shavers are united by a common aim: to raise vital funds for Macmillan.

To date, over 59,000 generous fundraisers have shaved their heads for Macmillan, raising over £16.8 million. This staggering sum is enough to fund the entire Macmillan Cancer Support Line phone service for three years – helping thousands of people living with cancer to access expert information and support when they need it most.

Sallie (pictured) took part in Brave the Shave for Macmillan Cancer Support this May, on her sister Helen’s 52nd birthday. At the time, Sallie’s “beautiful, amazing” and “very brave” sister Helen was undergoing chemotherapy for secondary breast cancer. Sadly, Helen passed away just two days after Sallie’s shave.


Many shavers choose to shave their heads in memory or in support of a loved one who has experienced cancer. But no matter what the inspiration, by taking on Brave the Shave you’ll be supporting Macmillan in their aim to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Join the Brave the Shave movement today by signing up at

When and where should I Brave the Shave?

When better to shave off your locks than during the warm(ish) British summer? Macmillan is encouraging shavers to take the plunge in August, although supporters are welcome to organise their shave for whatever date suits them best. All you need to do is sign up today at and Macmillan will send you a fundraising pack with all the information you need to organise your head shave. The pack also includes useful fundraising materials including a t-shirt, event poster and stickers. It’s up to you whether you decide to shave at home on your own, at work with your colleagues or in the salon with your trusted stylist. You could even make a day of it by inviting your friends and family.


Can I support the campaign without shaving my head?

Shaving your head to support Macmillan is an incredible way to make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. However, there are plenty of ways you can support the campaign without shaving your head. Many shavers choose to share their stories on – if shaving your head isn’t for you, you can support a shaver by reading, sharing or donating to their online profile today.


What can I do with my hair after I brave the shave?

If you want to make your head shave a double good deed you can donate your hair to charities such as the Little Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs to children and young adults who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.


For more information on how to donate your hair visit

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