Rocking the bald look!

28th March 2017

York woman Anne Platt is tackling cancer head on to raise funds for us.

Anne lost her mum Margaret Skelton to ovarian cancer last September and was herself diagnosed with secondary breast cancer on Valentine’s Day this year.

She faced losing her hair through chemotherapy, but she was determined to stay in control by going bald on her own terms instead while raising money for us and for St Leonard’s Hospice.

So she got her hairdresser, Andy McClintock of Thir13en Hairdressers, Feasegate, to shave off her crowning glory for her. He also shaved her husband Chris who has gone hairless to boost the effort.

Anne is known to many through her work organising civic events and the Lord Mayor’s diary at City of York Council’s Civic Office, and her friends and family are supporting her in the fundraising head shave.

She has also set up a JustGiving page,,  for others to support her in her fundraising effort.

“I am taking back some control of the situation,” said Anne. “I wanted to dictate what happened to my hair and not let the chemo take it from me.

“I am going to 'rock the bald look' in memory of my mum, who sadly passed away last September after a very brave 15-year battle with ovarian cancer. 

“She had great support from both York Against Cancer, through the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital, and using the other services offered by the charity including their flat in Whitby, and she spent some wonderful times at St Leonard’s Hospice, both in the Sunflower Centre, and towards the end of her life with a respite stay in the hospice.

“As a family, we can't thank both charities enough for the support given to mum, and to us.  I am very aware of how the services offered extend to the families of patients.

“Last weekend was our first Mother’s Day without mum, so what better way to pay tribute to her, and doing something positive in her memory?”

#Anne said her own cancer had spread to several places. She had already undergone radiotherapy and was now having chemotherapy for her condition, but she was determined to stay positive.

“Along with my amazing husband Chris, and the support of family and friends we are tackling this head on - or scalp on, if you like!” said Anne.

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