Daughter-in-law shaves head in tribute to Norfolk family man who was ‘cruelly’ taken from them
17:09 05 March 2014
While shaving their head might be unimaginable to some people, Leah Kendle jumped at the chance to get rid of long locks in memory of her father-in-law.
Philip Kendle, 70, was diagnosed in September 2013 with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Despite a positive prognosis and a course of chemotherapy, the family were devastated when they were told in November that Mr Kendle’s illness was terminal and he only had weeks to live.
Three weeks later, he passed away.
Mrs Kendle, 28, said: “We were so incredibly shocked that such a loving family man could be taken from us so cruelly and quickly.”
Despite being from Lincolnshire, Mrs Kendle decided to raise funds for Big C, a Norfolk-based charity that supported her father-in-law.
The event, which was held in Lincolnshire on Saturday, entertained guests with a coffee morning, stalls selling handmade items, refreshments, a tombola and even a minion mascot from Despicable Me 2 to entertain youngsters.
Friends and family could even ‘chop a chunk’ of hair for £2.
Mrs Kendle described the day as incredible and said “the atmosphere was amazing”.
The event raised £690.65, which brought their total funds to £1,895.66.
Mr Kendle, who was born in Thorpe St Andrew, spent most of his life as a lecturer at City College, teaching physics and photography.
He later moved to Poringland with his wife of 43 years, Tricia.
Mr Kendle also leaves behind three sons, Matthew, Daniel and Ben, and six doting grandchildren.
Mrs Kendle said: “I feel incredibly liberated with my shaved head, if a little guilty that I know mine will grow back whereas some don’t have that luxury.
“To know that this money will go some way to help others affected by cancer is a real source of comfort to our family.”
Do you have any fund-raising stories? Contact Lauren Cope on firstname.lastname@example.org