Ipswich MS sufferer seeks donors for Macmillan ‘Brave the Shave’ fundraiser

Susan Key, who is having her head shaved in aid of Macmillan Nurses

Susan Key, who is having her head shaved in aid of Macmillan Nurses - Credit: Archant

A 67-year-old multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer from Suffolk is appealing for sponsors to support her charity head-shave.

Susan Key, pictured, who lives in Ipswich, is supporting Macmillan Nurses, having seen the devastating effects of the disease.

“I’ve lost relatives to cancer and I’ve also seen friends fight and win their battle,” she said.

“I’ve also suffered with MS for 46 years, so physically I’m not able to do as much as some people do to raise money, but this is one thing I can do.”

Mrs Key, who had to retire from the police force due to her illness, is now part of the Ipswich Fundraising Committee for Cancer Research UK, which has encouraged her charitable efforts.

The mother-of-two, who is recovering from a heart attack less than three months ago, has never cut her hair short and says she hopes it grows back.

“I’m absolutely terrified,” she added.

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“My family say I’m mad – my 22-year-old son says he will disown me until it grows back again.”

Mrs Key, who used to run a bridal shop in Tower Ramparts, has raised £120 from friends and family so far, but hopes to step up her sponsorship efforts over the coming week, before the shave on August 31.

“I’m not going to do it unless I raise at least £500,” she added. “So I need to get more donations coming in.”

She has set up a fundraising page through Macmillan’s “Brave the Shave” scheme.

Visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/susan-key/ to make a donation.

Macmillan Nurses provide specialist and palliative care to cancer patients, working at NHS hospitals or in the community, giving advice to other healthcare professionals.