Bury st Edmunds trader raises thousands for cancer charity

Geoff Hunt having his head shaved by Michelle McGowan
Geoff Hunt having his head shaved by Michelle McGowan

A brave father-of-two has raised thousands of pounds for charity after confronting his recent cancer diagnosis head on.

Bury St Edmunds market trader Geoff Hunt had his head shaved next to his tool and hardware stall in front of throngs of shoppers on the last Saturday before Christmas.

Geoff Hunt, who has been running the tool/hardware stall on the market for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer last week.'But he has decided to turn his diagnosis into something positive by having his head shaved for charity''Pictured: Geoff Hunt having his hair shaved by Michelle McGowan ANL-141221-170155009

Geoff Hunt, who has been running the tool/hardware stall on the market for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer last week.'But he has decided to turn his diagnosis into something positive by having his head shaved for charity''Pictured: Geoff Hunt having his hair shaved by Michelle McGowan ANL-141221-170155009

Money donated in the days leading up to the event and during the fund-raiser itself saw him collect an impressive £2,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 53-year-old, who decided to shave his hair ahead of losing it through chemotherapy, said: “People were paying in all the time as they were walking past when they saw it was for Macmillan, which I thought was lovely. Before I actually did it, I had people come up and give £10/£20.”

Geoff’s friend Michelle McGowan, a former hairdresser, was trusted with giving him his new look, while his daughter, Alexa Hunt, and daughter-in-law, Brogan Hunt, were also there to lend their support.

Geoff said he was ‘shell shocked’ to learn he had stomach cancer, having beaten throat cancer just two years ago.

He said: “It was like shell shock for me. I’m sure it is for other people as well when they’re told something like that. It’s very hard to comprehend.”

He added: “I’d just like to thank everybody for their support for a worthy cause. No-one knows when they might need it.”