A COUNCILLOR from Barry is preparing to lose her hair in memory of family and friends who have faced dealing with cancer.

Vale and Barry Town councillor, Millie Collins will Brave the Shave, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, during her work’s Macmillan coffee morning on Friday, September 27.

The 37-year-old Castleland ward representative, who works as a civil service administrative officer, hopes to raise both awareness and funds after also experiencing her own cancer scare when a mole changed on her back.

Cllr Collins said: “I'll be braving the shave in work.

“My friend and colleague David Parker is supplying the clippers and any of my colleagues can have a go by paying a pound.

"Like most people, I've lost family and friends to cancer.

“Two friends are currently fighting tough battles right now.

“My cousin recently passed away and both my father and grandfather were diagnosed with cancer.

“Luckily they went into remission.

“When they died, it was from other causes.

"I'll never forget how they fought.

"My grandad had a sharp sense of humour that never failed him and my dad just kept looking out for his girls, focusing on fighting for my mum and his daughters.

“I also had a scare a few years ago.

"I had a mole on my back that changed shape, size and colour.

"It would randomly bleed.

"The wait for the biopsy results was horrible and seemed to last forever.

“It was benign, but I have no idea if I would have coped had it been malignant.

“My friends are both so brave in their fight and getting lots of support from Macmillan.

"I just want to give thanks back.”

She added: “I hope to raise awareness and money to fund much needed research and support facilities.

"I'm also hoping that people will not ignore that small change to a mole, that slight bump in their breast and go get themselves checked out as soon as they can.

“I'm starting to feel a bit nervous about doing this.

"It's quite a drastic thing to do really but then again it's hair.

"It'll grow back.

"I was looking for something new to do for cancer charities.

“I've previously done a few 5K and 10K Race For Life events, but due to my now dodgy hips, I can't do those anymore.

"I know someone who did this and thought it was a great challenge to do.

"It took me a few months to build up the courage though.

"I must be mad!

"It's all coming off.

"Every bit.

"I'll be bald as an egg after.

"Does anyone want to donate a hat?

“My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

"I'm well aware that money isn't easy to spare these days so I'm grateful for every donation, whatever the amount.”

To support, visit bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/amelia-collins