Debbie's bold show of support for Ark

She loves her hair – but Debbie Le Besque is gearing up to lose her precious locks in a bold show of support for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Literally going for a bald new look was a big decision for mother-of-four Debbie to take. However, she wanted to make a difference to Ark’s £5million appeal that will help to fund a new NHS cancer treatment centre – and she is well on her way to hitting her £1,500 target.

Saturday, December 1 is D-day for Debbie, from Boyneswood Road, Medstead, and the 41-year-old, who works at NFU Mutual, in Basingstoke, is now bracing herself for the big shave.

Debbie said: “Although I have fairly short hair, anyone who knows me well will know that I have had an obsession with my hair for years – it’s always been my security blanket. As soon as I’m down or need a pick-me-up, I have my hair cut, styled or coloured and it makes me feel great again, so having it all cut off is a big deal for me.

“However, if I was seriously ill, I wouldn’t have the choice to lose my hair, and having lost my father and friends to cancer, I feel that my hair should not really matter to me as much as it does.”

Debbie added: “I am both petrified and excited about losing my hair on December 1, but I am determined to raise as much money as I possibly can for such an important and local good cause. I’m hoping that my nearest and dearest appreciate that this is the hardest thing I could think of to do, and I am grateful to everyone who sponsors and supports me.”

Debbie is raising money through her fundraising page on JustGiving, and anyone who wants to donate can go to

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “Thank you so much to Debbie for this significant show of support. It is very much appreciated, and hopefully Debbie will receive the well-deserved sponsorship support she needs to get her to her £1,500 fundraising target.”

Ark’s £5m appeal will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.

The new centre, which will largely be funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be built on the Basingstoke hospital site.

Picture caption: Debbie Le Besque who will be losing her locks on December 1 to raise money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.