Why Val’s having her hair shaved

Val Bolton, of Lutterworth, getting ready for her brave hair shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. '(Picture by Andrew Carpenter).
Val Bolton, of Lutterworth, getting ready for her brave hair shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. '(Picture by Andrew Carpenter).

This plucky 67-year-old from Lutterworth is having her hair completely shaved off to raise money for charity.

The dramatic move is in memory of her son, who died from cancer aged just 19.

Val Bolton was expecting to become bald for a good cause on Wednesday just after the Mail went to press.

Her hair shave was due to take place at Carol Anne’s hair salon in Central Avenue, Lutterworth.

“It’s my first venture into charity, and the first time I’ve done anything like this,” said Val, a retired office administrator.

“I’ve always wanted to do something for Macmillan Cancer Support, but I’m not very good with heights so I could never jump out of a plane, and a marathon never appealed to me. So I thought I’d do this instead.”

She added: “My husband Mick is very supportive – but he thinks I’m loopy!”

And what would her son, Adam, who died 19 years ago, think of it? “I think he’d be quite chuffed,” said Val.

Now Val hopes to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan and the charity’s “Brave the Shave” fundraising campaign.

“But I really don’t think I’m brave,” said Val. “When you think about it, it’s the people who are ill who are the brave ones.”

Val and Mick’s son Adam died in December 1996, from a very rare form of spinal cancer.

“You learn to live with a bereavement like that, but you get your good days and your bad days,” said Val.

“You can go for days being fine, and then something triggers you and you end up in a mess.”

So far Val, whose target was £190, has raised nearly double that amount on her fundraising website alone.

The total Val raises online will be added to money promised via sponsorship forms and money taken by Carol Anne’s salon.

In the end, the figure could easily top £500.

“I’m really pleased and surprised at how it’s all going,” explained Val.

And how long does she think she will she be bald after Wednesday’s dramatic hair shave?

“I’m told my hair will start growing back virtually straight away,” said Val.

“Certainly, a man I know who likes to be bald says he has to shave his head twice a week.

“But as I say, it’s the first time I’ve done anything like this. We’ll just have to wait and see,” she told the Mail.

To sponsor Val, visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk and type her name – Valerie Bolton – into the “donate” box on the web page.