Bruce Baker, before and after his sponsored shave

Bruce Baker, before and after his sponsored shave

FUNDRAISER, Bruce Barker wanted to do a little bit more to make sure his local MacMillan Coffee Morning fundraiser made money.

In addition, to the usual coffee and cakes, the 59-year-old from Barton decided to have his head and beard shaved in front of the assembled guests, including local supporters, MP Kevin Foster, Torbay Mayor Mandie Darling and leader of the council, Steve Darling.

And with a little bit of extra help from his local Community Builder, Helen Kelly, all the efforts were worthwhile with a donation of £380 now winging its way safely into Macmillan coffers as a result of the event held in the Willow Tree Pub in Torquay last Friday.

For Bruce, it was also a thank you to the charity that has helped him and several members of this family through the sometimes dark days of cancer treatment.

“They are like the police ambulance and other emergency services that you don’t really think about until you need them. They are there for you, alongside you. I am so grateful.”

Bruce’s last brush with cancer was a rare form of stomach cancer that was finally successfully removed last December after months of treatment.

“Once again, MacMillan was there for me and my family, taking away a lot of stress and worry. That is why I wanted to do something extra for them today as a way of saying thank you.”