A MUM from Denbighshire diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, who was unable to see her family whilst in hospital due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has raised more than £500 for charity by ‘braving the shave’ after returning home.

According to daughter Laura, doctors diagnosing Jeanette Morris, 59, caught the cancer ‘just in time’ around three-and-a-half months ago.

Jeanette, from Corwen, then went on to have major surgery at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, where she also spent a week in intensive care.

As she was told she would lose her hair when undergoing chemotherapy, Jeanette decided to shave it off for a good cause.

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PICTURE: Jeanette during and after the head shave.

On September 6, she ‘braved the shave’ to raise a total of £530 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Daughter Laura, 31, said: “After my mum’s surgery, she was told she would need at least six months chemotherapy to make her survival rate higher. She started this last week and was told she would lose her hair during treatment and maybe become very ill.

“She refused for her hair to go into a bucket and in the bin and she wanted to give back something for her life being saved so decided to sign up for brave the shave and raise money for Macmillan.”

Joining Jeanette on the day were her two close friends Diane and Irene, who also had their heads shaved in support - something that left Jeanette ‘overwhelmed’ according to Laura.

She said: “Mum has 17 sessions of chemotherapy to go before she rings the bell.”

What makes Jeanette's cancer journey even more difficult than most is the fact that she was unable to see her family whilst in hospital in Liverpool due to the Coronavirus pandemic restricting visitations.

Daughter Laura added: “It was very difficult for me and the rest of the family to visit due to Covid-19.

“I travelled to and from Liverpool to drop things she needed off and used to FaceTime her from the entrance as this is the closest I could get to her.

“It’s been a rollercoaster but she has one last hurdle to go now, the chemotherapy.”

But family members and friends did gather at Jeanette’s eventual brave the shave party on September 6, including Laura’s three children and her partner Adrian Williams, Jeanette’s son Ryan and many others.

Leoni Williams was on hand to shave Jeanette’s hair on the day, as she raised a total of £530 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Laura said: “My mum is a very special lady who means everything to me and I couldn’t be prouder of her for not giving up. It’s been a very upsetting time, up and down, good news then bad news but she’s getting through each day, one day at a time. Some days are good, others are awful but she will do it.

“She’s a strong lady with a lot of love behind her.

“We can’t thank Liverpool Royal hospital enough for their care. I would also like to thank Ali Alcock (a fellow cancer survivor from Corwen) for her support.

“I didn’t know Ali before this, but she had seen my Facebook post and reassured me that if I needed anyone to talk too, then I know where she is, she has been fantastic and is always there.”