KIM CLOUGHTON inspired many by "braving the shave" to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The drastic hair cut was in aid of Kim’s mother, Sylvia Thompson, who underwent bowel surgery this time last year, when doctors found that she had a tumour.

Follow up scans found that the cancer was inoperable, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy every two weeks since.

Ms Cloughton said her mother is “the bravest strongest 79-year-old out there". She added: "She is still the rock of the family and hasn’t let this terrible illness change her outlook on life one bit.”

The shave took place at Meraki Hair Lab on Bridge Street in Howden le Wear. Ms Cloughton said that she was excited and not at all nervous, and was joined by colleagues from work and her family for moral support.

Her hair was cut by Anne Marie McCormick, who runs the Hair Lab. She suggested a star pattern be shaved in the side because Ms Cloughton was a star for going through with it and raising money for a good cause.

After the shave Ms Cloughton said: “I felt very good and very emotional but pleased I did it.”

Michelle Muir, Macmillan's senior fundraising manager for County Durham, said: “Now in its fifth year, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave is back and thousands of fundraisers across the country are taking the plunge and shaving their heads to raise vital funds. The money raised will allow Macmillan to continue to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, by providing physical, financial and emotional support."

Ms Cloughton's brother in law will also raise money for charity by doing a 5k run in Chester-le-Street in September. The total raised so far is just over £400.