A CAFÉ owner is set to lose her locks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ruth Zeraschi, of Mrs Marco’s in Porthkerry Country Park, is set to Brave the Shave on Sunday, July 12.

The 50-year-old mum-of-one, stepmother to four, and ‘Nonna’ Ruth to 10 grandchildren, has so far raised £500 having set an initial £300 target.


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Mrs Zeraschi said: “Covid-19 has hit charities hard and my concern was that so many people will receive a delayed diagnosis due to lockdown and then cancer support will be needed even more when they're financially challenged.

“My daughter's father died last year.

“His life ended at our wonderful Holm Towers (Marie Curie Hospice) in Penarth.

“My husband's sister, Poala also spent her last days there 14 years ago.

“It's an amazing place and we can't afford to lose it.”

She added: “I had hoped to be able to do the shave at Mrs Marco’s Cafe, but due to social distancing rules I’ve opted to do the shave in our back garden.

“As the day's coming closer I'm anxious and excited.

“A woman's hair is so much a part of our identity and my curly mop is going.

“I'm sure my nose will look huge.

“But I'll be thinking of all the ladies who've had to do this while dealing with the fears of such a terrible illness.

“I'll be donating the hair to the Little Princess Trust as well.

“I've passed the basic £330 target, but would love to raise £1000 for Macmillan.

“However, times are tough for everyone at the moment and every little bit helps.

Mrs Zeraschi has a donation box on the counter.

Alternatively, visit https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/ruth-zeraschi