A pensions officer from Goole who lost both his parents to cancer is preparing to shave off his long locks to raise vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Ian Baker has been growing his hair for the past five years, ever since his mum passed away from lung cancer.
After losing his dad just 15 months after his mum, Ian was keen to help other families affected by cancer.
The 44-year-old said: “I had long hair as a teenager and my mum always liked it, so I thought growing it again would be a fitting tribute to her.
“I’m not too worried about having it shaved off. I’m too old for long hair now. It’s a pain to maintain, my mates constantly give me grief for it, and it gets everywhere. I think my wife is happy to see it all go too.”
Ian’s parents, Stuart and Denise, both went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer. Although their treatment was not successful, Ian is grateful for the research that helped give the family more time together.
“I hope the money raised can help to give families more time with their loved ones in the future.
"I didn’t get as much time with my parents as I would have chosen, but I cherish all the extra time that me, my wife and my boys managed to spend with them. This would not have been possible without the help of research.”
Ian has booked in to have his head shaved at his local barbers and is planning to update his family and friends by posting a video on his Facebook page. He has already raised over £350 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
To sponsor Ian, visit his JustGiving page.