Close shave for cancer charity raises big total

Pam Germaney recently had her head shaved to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Pam Germaney recently had her head shaved to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

A hair-raising way to collect cash for an important good cause has been extremely successful.

Morpeth resident Pam Germaney decided to lose her locks to raise funds for Cancer Research UK as an act of solidarity after a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In addition, she is a member of the Ronin Judo Club, which trains at the Riverside Leisure Centre, and one of its teenage members is currently being treated for leukaemia.

The head shave took place at Saks in Morpeth and since then, dozens of donations have been made. The total recently surpassed £2,400.

Pam, who lives in Stobhill, said: “The news about my friend came just a week after I heard that the young lad at the judo club had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

“I felt so helpless over their situations, so I decided to something that would hopefully encourage people to donate to Cancer Research UK. The head shave coincided with my friend’s second round of chemotherapy.

“It’s quite a radical thing for a lady when you don’t need to do it and although I had come to peace with it beforehand, the shave took place on a very cold day and it hit me as soon as I left the salon – I had to put a hat on straightaway! But I’m so pleased that I did it because I have raised a lot more money than I expected.

“The support has been overwhelming and it has highlighted just how many people in the area have been affected by cancer.”

She added that Ronin Judo Club members were very generous with their donations and forthcoming club activities will be in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To contribute to Pam’s total for Cancer Research UK, visit