ONE brave woman went the extra step in fundraising and shaved off all her hair for Macmillan last Saturday.

Bernie Abraham, a regular at the Foresters Arms, in London Street, became the spectacle of the day as a near-100 people watched her go bald for charity raising more than £3,200 in the process.

The bold move took place alongside the pub’s Macmillan Cancer Support cake sale for the charity's World’s Biggest Coffee morning, which raised £300 alone, and an extra £755 for Bernie’s Brave the Shave on the day.

One week on, and Bernie’s already used to her new look.

She said: “I have got used to it pretty quickly surprisingly, I have done a lot of donating and sponsoring in the past but I’ve never done anything myself so I decided it was about time.

“The day itself was absolutely fantastic, I wasn’t at all nervous because the atmosphere from the cake sale was already really good and I really enjoyed myself.

“The star of the day was young Rosie who did my first cut, she’s only 15 and went through treatment herself. She came in with no wig on in front of so many people she didn’t know it was amazing.

“I’m really really pleased with the donations, it’s more than I was hoping for and we got a couple of company donations as well, £500 from Andover Alarms and Lloyds TSB.”

Bladez Barbers also came along to help with the shave and clear up, and as Bernie said, "they made sure I didn't lose my eyebrows along with my hair."

Bernie decided to take the plunge for Macmillan Cancer Support having lost three family members to cancer, as well as knowning one cancer survivor from 20 years ago who is “still going strong.”

Macmillan was also a personal support when Bernie’s mother-in-law was ill and went into a hospice.

Pub landlady Anne Evans said: “We must have had around 90 people turn up for it I have never seen anything like it, it was jam-packed!

“People were giving donations towards having a go shaving Bernie’s head as well as watching it, it was a brilliant day and the community support on site was superb.”

To donate to Bernie’s Brave the Shave for Macmillan visit