A WORKER at Siemens Rail Automation in Chippenham braved the shave at work on Tuesday in memory of her mother, who died from stomach cancer 21 years ago.

Tracey Cook, of St Margaret’s Close, Calne, spotted the Macmillan cancer campaign on television one evening and decided to sign up to raise money for the charity which helped look after her mother in her final weeks.

“I wanted to do this instead of a race for life or something else because it’s a big statement,” the 53-year-old said.

“We have raised £1,750 so far, which I’m really happy with.

“It was a shock when I saw it all come off and it’s a bit cold now but it was worth it.”

Julie Robinson, from Chippenham, also shaved off all her hair for the same charity after spotting an advert on Facebook.

The 49-year-old organised the charity event at Supercuts Salon in Emery Gate where her bright blue locks faced the chop on Saturday, September 2, raising £435 in the process.

She said: “I saw an advertisement on Facebook about the Brave The Shave campaign and knew I wanted to do it.

“I wanted to raise money and show my support using the campaign for cancer research as unfortunately I have lost friends and had family and friends who have suffered from the condition.”

The Brave The Shave campaign has so far raised over £1m this year with all the money going to help Macmillan provide nurses, support centres and advice centres to those affected by cancer.

Mrs Robinson is still hoping to increase her fundraising total, despite smashing her £300 target, and anyone wishing to donate can visit Supercuts Salon or visit her Facebook profile BraveBaldy.