Schoolgirl to shave her head for cancer charity

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A 12 year old Bletchley schoolgirl is bravely shaving her head to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Care.

Keisha Cantiffe, who goes to Leon School, is having her head shaved on Sunday at around 1pm at The London Pride Pub in Serpentine Court on the Lakes Estate.

A good family friend, who Keisha regarded as an aunt, along with other family members, have passed away from cancer and for the last couple of years Keisha has wanted to raise money for a charity and MacMillan Cancer Care came to mind.

Just before Christmas 2013, Keisha and her mother Maxine approached the Landlord of The London Pride, Richard Graham, to see if they could host the event there.

Not only did he agree but he said he would do the shave himself. He said: “Keisha is an amazingly brave young lady to be doing this and it is our pleasure to give her our full support”.

The event is even more poignant as since arranging to do this, Keisha has lost her grandmother, Margaret Rose Cantiffe, to cancer three weeks before the event.

Keisha said “I am a bit scared but am happy to do this in memory of my Grandmother.”

All are welcome to come and support Keisha on the day and there are sponsorship forms behind the bar at both The London Pride and also at the Bletchley Arms for those who would like to sponsor her.

Mum Maxine said: “I asked her if she still wanted to do this and she was adamant. I’m so proud of her, she came up with the idea herself two years ago when a close friend of mine passed away.

“Now two years later she still wants to do it. She’s amazing.”