A 23-year-old from Crystal Palace has shaved her head in memory of her brother who died of cancer.

Ade Adenegha lost her brother Babajide Awotana in May this year following his diagnosis with blood cancer.

She has now taken part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave fundraiser in his memory.

It’s a cause close to the 23-year-old’s heart, after the charity supported Babajide, a young dad whose four young children are all under the age of 10, and his family after he was forced to give up work due to his cancer treatment.

Graphic designer Ade, who lives in Crystal Palace, said: “I decided to take part in the Brave the Shave fundraiser because of the help Macmillan gave to my brother and his family.

“They were able to give them some funding to get through the months as my brother wasn't in the greatest condition to work and his wife was carer to him and their four beautiful children.

“The money Macmillan gave them helped them a lot and I know my brother was very thankful for that.”

Ade took part in the charity event in August, a year after her brother’s initial cancer diagnosis with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, shaving her head while surrounded by close family and friends.

Ade hopes to raise £500 for Macmillan.

To sponsor Ade, visit: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/ade-adenegha

She added: “Losing him is something that I don't think I could ever get over especially since I was the last person he saw. It's nice to know you’re raising money for something and knowing that your money will help someone else out there.”

Many shavers like Ade choose to shave their heads in memory or in support of a loved one who has experienced cancer.

Join the Brave the Shave movement at bravetheshave.org.uk

Ade explains: “I even had one of my closest friends finish cutting my hair off, that's a lot of trust if you ask me! So many of my friends came to my house the evening I shaved my hair off, don't think I've ever felt love like this before.”

She adds: “My brother is the main reason I took part, but I also did it for those who've lost someone to cancer too. I have friends who've lost their parents and partners to cancer so I know me doing this also means something to them.”