THE managing director of a business in Yate has raised nearly £7000 for Macmillan by 'braving the shave'.

Mike Glen, the head of Cotswold Homes Ltd, volunteered to have his head shaved so that he could raise money for the charity as his niece undergoes treatment for cancer.

Originally Mike only set a target of £2,500, but that was smashed quickly as colleagues, friends and family supported him.

The total raised to date is at £6,965, over £4000 more than he had originally hoped for.

The total is thought to be something of a record for the challenge in Yate.

Cotswold Homes Ltd have also said that they will boost the total with a 'substantial donation'.

"At the age of 27 my niece Paige, who is an osteopath, is bravely going through treatment for stage two triple negative breast cancer," Mike said.

"It’s impossible to describe the effect on her and the wider family.

"We are hopeful of a very positive outcome and, to support her in losing her hair, I decided to take part in Brave the Shave to raise more funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

"I hope it won’t stop there, hopefully others will boost that figure by making additional donations through the Brave the Shave website.

"Many of us have had relatives supported throughout by Macmillan nurses."