Next week Chris Catling is going to shave his hair off for charity, but more than raising money he is hoping to raise awareness of prostate cancer as he goes through his own scare at the age of 38.
Mr Catling, a bus driver, is having his hair shaved off for Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Brave the Shave’, but the inspiration behind his fundraising mission is to let people know that they need to be aware of cancer, in particular young males and the dangers of prostate cancer.
He is currently awaiting a biopsy test for a growth after high levels of prostate-specific antigen were found during a routine blood test.
Prostate cancer is more predominantly found in older males, but Mr Catling, who lives in Ipswich, wants young people to be aware they can be affected too.
His fiancée Kerry Stiff, from Boxford, said: “We had a member of our family say ‘I’m young I don’t need a check up’, but Chris is young too.
The 26-year-old added: “If this does come back as cancerous them it could have saved his life.”
So far Mr Catling, who drives for Beestons on many of the local Sudbury routes, has already raised more than £500.
Originally the idea for the shave came about as the couple were chatting in the garden, and within days they had raised £150, with much of this coming from local bus users.
“The support from the public has been amazing,” he said. “The £150 target was done the day I signed up. I’m just going to get as much as I can now.”
The couple have both had family members supported by Macmillan, describing them as an amazing charity.
The shave will take place at the kiosk in the Borehamgate Precinct, Sudbury, on Tuesday. You can donate to Mr Catling’s fund at the kiosk.