Best friend to shave her head in support of Mansfield supermarket worker diagnosed with cancer

L-R  Rachel Lilley, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, her fiancee Anne Jeffery and Donna Cummings who is shaving her head in a charity fundraiser at Tesco on Chesterfield Road to support her best friend
L-R Rachel Lilley, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, her fiancee Anne Jeffery and Donna Cummings who is shaving her head in a charity fundraiser at Tesco on Chesterfield Road to support her best friend

A friend of 14 years is a cut above the rest as she is willing to lose her hair all in the name of charity.

On September 15 Rachel Lilley, 31, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and her work colleagues at Tesco on Chesterfield Road, want to her to know she is not alone.

To show their support they are having a charity head shave and leg wax and so far 27 people have put their name forward.

One of those is Donna Cummings, 30, who is shaving her shoulder length hair and donated it to make wigs for sick children through the Little Princess Trust.

She said: “Rachel is my best friend I met her working at Tesco but I would do anything for her.

“When we found she has got cancer we were all so shocked, we knew she was suffering with pain but thought it was gall stones.

“I’m shaving my hair because it’s only hair and I said as soon as we found out that she wouldn’t be going through it by herself - and this is my way of showing her it won’t be that bad.”
Rachel starts her chemotherapy on Thursday, October 14 but Donna said she is staying so positive.

“She is getting married in April next year so she has a lot to fight for and isn’t going to let cancer beat her.”

Rachel has been described as so caring and genuine and earlier in the year completed the Brighton to London charity bike ride.

Donna said: “I don’t think people are as aware of pancreatic cancer as they are of other types of cancer so the fundraiser day will just be a chance for us to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK which helps and supports patients and families and let people know more the disease.”
The sponsored head shave and leg wax will be taking place on Saturday, November 7 at 1pm to donate online go to

www.justgiving.com/rachels-bald-buddies