An Ipswich radiologist diagnosed with a brain tumour has shaved his head to support cancer patients.

Dr Simon Smith is a consultant radiologist at Ipswich Hospital, and at the age of 55, has been diagnosed with a brain cancer called Glioma.

In January, he began feeling unwell and experienced a seizure.

Due to his diagnosis, he has decided to embrace the moment and shave his head before surgery in aid of the hospital's Cancer Wellbeing Centres at Ipswich and Colchester Hospital. 

Through Just Giving, the money from the shave will support the cancer well-being fund, which helps cancer patients with information and support in both hospitals. 

Ipswich Star: Dr Smith was joined by his family while getting his head shavedDr Smith was joined by his family while getting his head shaved (Image: Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity)

The head of fundraising and marketing at the charity Nichola Whymark said they were hugely grateful for the fundraiser. 

She said: "Their generosity will ensure our Cancer Wellbeing and Information Centres can continue to provide support to those diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or living with and beyond cancer.”

Ipswich Star: He has already rasied £4,500He has already rasied £4,500 (Image: Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity)

He aimed to raise £3,500 through this fundraiser but has already exceeded his target and raised more than £6,000.

Dr Smith has been surrounded by friends and family including his wife Louise, and their three daughters Lottie, Ellie and Abbie.

Louise, who is also Macmillan deputy lead cancer nurse, said: “Simon has been humbled by the love and support of his family and friends, as well as the exceptional care provided by Ipswich Hospital.

"He has been open and honest about the diagnosis and very accepting and he has continued to focus on his work that is so important to him.”

He will be undergoing surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge on Friday.