Video: Padiham mum of five 'braves the shave' to highlight sterling work of carers

Carer Martine Manning is the toast of Padiham after sacrificing her shoulder length locks to raise money for a charity that supports carers across the UK.

By Susan Plunkett
Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 12:58 pm

The 'brave the shave' took place in the front garden of her home on Saturday and performing the honours were her partner, Paul Dixon, ably assisted by her two youngest children who are Mads (12) and nine-year-old Mercy.

Martine, who is 46 and works for Burnley based Synergy Homecare, cares for a range of vulnerable people across Burnley, Padiham, Pendle and Rossendale. Many of them are ill or have suffered an accident and Martine is also a palliative care worker.

She wanted to do something for the charity that really stood out. And she certainly achieved that as the £200 fund raising target she set herself now stands at £760.

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Martine is all ready to 'brave the shave' and lose her treasured tresses.

Martine hopes her headshave will raise awareness of the vital role that carers play in society, something that has become evident since the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: "Carers UK does some great work providing back up, help and support for carers who need it.

"I am lucky that I have never needed the help of the charity but there are many who do.

"This is not about me taking any glory, I want to highlight what a fantastic job this is.

Martine sports her new look after the 'brave the shave'

"It is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Some days I can start work at 7-30am and still be working at 10pm, although I do have a break during the day."

Martine, who is also mum to Vicky (27) Bradley (25) and 18-year-old James, did the headshave live on facebook so friends and family could watch.

You can still making a donation to Carers UK in Martine's name by clicking here.