The kindest cut of all to help Bro Alan raise funds to battle cancer

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One Saturday at the end of May, the Howard Hall Masonic Centre in Braintree served as a barber’s shop, when Bro Robin Bayes, of Lodge of Justice 147, "braved a shave" in support of his good friend and brother Alan Chapman.

Fellow Lodge of Justice member Alan is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support while battling pancreatic cancer and Robin, also a member of Royal Clarence 1823, decided to shave his head and beard to raise money for this excellent cause.

Robin's daughters, Hannah and Eryn (who looked a little too happy to wield the razor at her dad’s throat), and his wife Paulette, along with Alan's partner Sarah, all attended the Covid-safe event on 29 May.

Robin said: “Alan is fighting a losing battle with cancer and I am humbled by his positive outlook and generous and warm nature, so would be great if brethren throughout the Essex province could help in this worthwhile fundraising effort.

 “Alan is always quick to smile and even quicker to laugh, and it would be awesome if we are able to get behind him.”

If you would like to donate, please follow this link: Brave the Shave Donation Link

‘Brave the Shave’ is a nationwide campaign organised by Macmillan and thousands of people all over the country are joining in to raise funds for the cancer support charity.

Since 2015, brave shavers have raised over £22.7 million. This incredible amount could pay for 140 Macmillan nurses for three years.

Braham Djidjelli

Deputy Group Communications Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex