Nurse has a close shave for charity

Harriet Martin - before
Harriet Martin - before

A nurse who cares for patients with cancer has had her beautiful head of hair shaved off for charity.

Harriet Martin, aged 27, is a staff nurse in neurology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and works with patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Harriet after her haircut

Harriet after her haircut

She has also been touched by cancer within her own network of family and friends.

Formerly the proud owner of a magnificent head of wavy blonde hair, Harriet has had her head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Support.

And she is donating her luxuriant locks to The Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

She underwent her close shave at the Red Lion pub in Evenley on Wednesday morning, alongside a fundraising community coffee morning.

Speaking after the event, Harriet said: “I’m absolutely astounded by everyone’s support and well wishes for such a brilliant cause. It’s made losing my blonde locks worth it. I would do it again in an instant.

“I’ve nearly raised £1,000 and the total is still rising.”

Harriet, who got married on August 1, said husband Graham was fully supportive of the venture.

Her main concern beforehand was how her 16-month-old daughter, Tilly, would react.

But Harriet told the Advertiser: “She watched the whole thing and loved it because everyone was cheering and laughing. She wasn’t fazed one bit.”