It was very much a family affair when it came to charity.

When Elaine Kershaw, of Liversedge, was diagnosed with cancer she was amazed by the support of her family and now five of them have had their heads shaved for charity.

Sisters Jaki Dixon, Carol Davison and Suzan Sykes together with brother Michael Dixon are all raising funds for Cancer Research and have also donated the hair they lost to a wig-making charity.

A number of their family members have been lost to cancer and their mum June Dixon, 70, is battling leukaemia.

Elaine, 45, was diagnosed with kidney cancer when she went for hospital treatment for another matter.

“They did a scan and they found a large tumour on one of my kidneys.

Cancer patient Elaine Kershaw has her head shaved at Revive, Heckmondwike
 

“They had me in for an operation and the doctors removed the kidney and the tumour.

“Hopefully I am now on the mend. I am an active person and in the past have walked from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for charity.

“I didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy but I wanted to show support for other sufferers who have to have this treatment and lose their hair. My brother and sisters decided to join in once she came up with the idea of the head shave.

“We had it done by staff at Revive in Heckmondwike and they made a real day of it raising £1,400 for cancer charities”.

The event included a performance by jazz and blues musician, Julian Socha, a buffet, bingo, a raffle and a fundraising auction.

“We wanted to do something different to raise funds and five members of one family having their heads shaved is definitely that!” said Elaine.

“Cancer has affected our family a number of times and its horrible to deal with therefore, we want to raise as much money as possible on the day to help with the research”.

Cancer patient Elaine Kershaw (second left) with sisters and brother Suzanne Sykes, Michael Dixon, Carol Davison and Jaki Cawthra before their headshaw
 

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