GRANDMOTHER Jacqueline Bendle has thanked family and friends for helping her raise £1,300 for charity after she and her son braved the shave.

Mrs Bendle, 69, of Brickley Lane and her son Martin, 51, who lives in Westbury went under the razor earlier this month at Mr Bendle's local the Bell Inn.

All the money raised by the pair will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Mrs Bendle said: "Our target was about £500 so we are very grateful for all the wonderful support."

Mrs Bendle said she was determined to have her hair completely shaved rather than just cut short. The retired dental receptionist, who has lived in Devizes for more than 50 years, said: "I know some people just have it cut really short but I wanted to go completely bald to show support for people who are suffering from cancer."

She was supported by her partner Robin Sawyer, her daughter Abigail and her five grandchildren.

Mr Sawyer's first wife Ann died from cancer and a number of other family members have also been affected. She said: "We know a lot of people who have been through cancer and have had help from Macmillan."

Among those supporting Mrs Bendle were people from the Slimming World club which meets at the Conservative Club in Devizes after she made sure they could not miss her sponsorship forms.

Mr Bendle said: "I have had members of my wife's family that have passed after having cancer. Also relatives of my family that are going through cancer treatment. I think everyone knows a family member, friend that has been affected by cancer. I just felt inspired to do something. Every little helps."