A much-loved member of the canteen team at Croydon University Hospital has had his head shaved for charity.

Mark Chapman, 48, from Thornton Heath decided to take part in Macmillan Cancer Support's ‘Brave the Shave’ fundraiser after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and was supported by the charity.

“My wonderful wife Pamela had a cancer scare recently," Mark said.

"We’re really glad she was given the all-clear. The staff at Croydon University Hospital, including those from Macmillan Cancer Support, were so great that I wanted to raise money to say thank-you. It was great fun and I’m pleased I did it.”

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Mark, post-shave

Mark has so far raised more than £200 and counting for cancer support services in Croydon and beyond.

Benny Miller, Macmillan information and support service manager at Croydon Hospital, explained how Brave the Shave helps the charity.

“On behalf of all our Macmillan nurses, doctors, support workers and cancer experts, I wanted to say a massive thank-you to Mark and everyone else who’s ‘Braved the Shave’ this year," she said.

"Macmillan Cancer Support receives no government funding and relies almost entirely on donations – we simply couldn’t help the growing number of people who need us, without the support and generosity of every one of our fantastic fundraisers.

"They help ensure Macmillan can continue to be there for people living with cancer, from the moment of their diagnosis and beyond.”