Fund-razing trio make bald move

(l-r) Darren Sayles, of Askern, Harry Lloyd, 18, of Norton,  and Lewis Parrott, 16, of Askern, have all had their head shaved and hold their hair, as Darren's mum, Jeanette Robinson, of Campsall shaves the rest of Darren's hair. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Darren Sayles, of Askern, Harry Lloyd, 18, of Norton, and Lewis Parrott, 16, of Askern, have all had their head shaved and hold their hair, as Darren's mum, Jeanette Robinson, of Campsall shaves the rest of Darren's hair. Picture: Andrew Roe

A DONCASTER son has shaved his head for charity after his mum beat the odds to be given the all-clear from cancer.

Darren Sayles, 31, and colleagues Harry Lloyd, 18, and 16-year-old Lewis Parrott - who work at Yorkshire Cable Drums Ltd in Askern - lost their locks to raise money for Cancer Research.

Generous donations from family and friends meant their hair-razing efforts brought in more than £1,000 for the cancer charity.

Jeanette Robinson - Darren’s mum - was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September last year and had to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

The 54-year-old, of Campsall Hall Road in Campsall, said: “As soon as I was given the all-clear, Darren said he wanted to do something to help others.

“I thought it was a really lovely idea. I was given a 45 per cent chance of survival and he wanted to be able to help fund more research for those that had even less of a chance than me.”

It was just a dull pain which was the first sign that anything was wrong. Jeanette went to the doctors and after blood tests and a MRI scan at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, she was given the devastating news that it was cancer.

She managed to stay ‘positive’ throughout the treatment, thanks to strong support from Darren, her other son Gavin, 29, and her husband Paul, 50.

“I surprised myself with how I dealt with it. If I had been told the year before that I would have been able to deal with cancer in this way, then I wouldn’t have believed it.

Grandmother-of-ten Jeanette, who works as a receptionist at Moorhouse Opticians in Askern, was thrilled to be given news of the all-clear earlier this year. She added: “I’ve still got five years of check-ups but I’m doing well and I’m now back at work.

“I had had a smear test 12 months before and it is really important that women do keep up with their tests. The kind of cancer I had was higher in the cervix so wouldn’t have been picked up on a smear.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the cause, they can call in at Moor House opticians.