10:30AM, Friday 07 February 2014
Three friends have faced the cut to kick-off a year of fundraising in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Trudie Twitchen, the mum of 'miracle man' Tom, was joined by Maria Sams and Zoe Levitt for a head-shaving fundraiser at Marks & Spencer in Maidenhead High Street on Friday.
The branch has chosen to support the charity throughout 2014 for Tom and Trudie, who both work at the store.
Tom, 23, was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma in July, battled through three massive bleeds and earned the nickname 'miracle man' after a ruptured artery in his neck clotted itself, saving his life.
Last week's fundraiser, which also included a cake sale and sponsored cycle, raised about £5,000 - far surpassing Trudie's original goal of £500.
"I'm absolutely over the moon and really happy with how the day went," said the 46-year-old from Blenheim Road.
"We chose them (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) because without people doing the charity work before, my Tom wouldn't be here, so I want to do the same for somebody else.
"I was a real nervous wreck but since I have had people coming up to me saying how wonderful it looks.
"Tom managed to do a bit of everybody's hair which was fantastic."
The hair cut off on the day has been donated to the Little Princess Trust, which make real hair wigs for children battling cancer.
Tom finished five weeks of radiotherapy in December and the cancer remains in remission.
After supporting the trio's efforts, Tom said: "I did the first bit of my mum's head, it was funny but scary as well. I didn't want to cut her.
"I was incredibly proud."
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