An Exeter student is to lead a mass head-shave amongst his friends for the charity supporting his mother’s ﬁght with terminal cancer. First-year law student Tommy Parsons’ mother, Debra Parsons, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, before the disease spread to her liver.
In order to raise money for the charity Penny Brohn, which has helped his family through his mother’s cancer, Tommy has united over ﬁfteen of his Exeter Demons American Football teammates to shave their heads in the Forum on Tuesday 17 January at 11:30am. The team have also set up a JustGiving page to help with the fundraising efforts.
So far, over £1,700 has been raised, with the local barber Prestige Cuts on Sidwell Streets shaving the participants’ heads for free.
“They have done so much for my family and I have always wanted to repay them”
Speaking g to Exeposé, Tommy told us that Penny Brohn ‘have helped both my mum and my family through her cancer. They continued their support from her diagnoses to now, they work tirelessly to help both people who are diagnosed and their families. They provided cooking courses for my family when my mother was diagnosed secondary breast cancer in the liver so that we could cook food that she would enjoy and would help her ﬁght the cancer. They have done so much for my family and I have always wanted to repay them for their tireless work.’
Penny Brohn UK was founded in 1980 as the Bristol Cancer Help Centre by Penny Brohn and Pat Pilkington. The charity is based on the outskirts of Bristol since 2006, and provides support and information needs of people living with and beyond cancer and their supporters, with services including nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and work on relationships.
The charity has recently developed an innovative weekly Treatment Support Clinic for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy at hospitals local to Bristol, which was developed in partnership with the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.
The JustGiving donation page can be found online under ‘Exeter Demons Charity Head Shave’.