Members of the farming community have rallied together to raise money for a specialist cancer hospital as one of their nearest and dearest battles a brain tumour.
The Christie Hospital, Manchester, has been significant in the care of tractor mechanic Mark Rowland since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2019.
His wife, Alison, set up a just giving page online to fundraise for the charity and together with their friends and family, hope to raise a substantial amount of money.
Mark grew up on his family dairy farm at Haighton, near Preston, Lancashire, with his parents and older brother Paul.
Mark, a father of four, is a self-employed tractor mechanic and helps his brother on the farm when he can.
In May 2019, their lives where turned upside down as Mark was diagnosed with a brain tumour which has now resulted him developing epilepsy. His treatment has consisted of radiotherapy travelling back and forth to The Christie, Manchester, on scores of occasions.
Further treatment will follow as Mark will soon face chemotherapy which is scheduled to take place at the Rosemere unit at Preston Hospital.
Unfortunately, once Mark has completed this next stage of treatment, he will not be cancer free. His consultant has been very honest in the difficulty Mark and his family will face. They hope the treatment plan they have offered will allow him more time.
During his radiotherapy Mark had many side effects, one being losing his hair. Rather than dwelling on it, Mark decided to embrace it and ‘brave the shave’. This has been the motivation and inspiration in their fundraising efforts.
Now, family and friends, many from farming backgrounds, have ‘braved the shave’ along with him.
Alison set up the JustGiving page just over two weeks ago and already more than £4,500 has been raised.
The girls have got involved too, with their daughter Beth chopping off 12 inches of her hair and donating it to the Little Princess Trust.
Plus, Farmers Guardian’s machinery editor James Rickard took the plunge and decided to shave off what little he had left.
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