The Commonwealth high jump silver medallist hopes to raise £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

British high jumper Isobel Pooley has ‘braved the shave’ and had her hair cut off to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Commonwealth silver medallist hopes to raise at least £1000 and following the shave, which took place at the Farnham Community Games in Surrey on Monday (August 29), the 23-year-old had almost hit her target.

Pooley has suffered an ankle injury this summer which ended her hopes of competing at the Rio Olympic Games and she instead switched her focus to charity fundraising.

“The shave itself was actually a lot of fun as we did it as part of a local family sports event and my sister was in charge of the clippers,” Pooley told AW.

“I did feel a bit of trepidation beforehand but when I thought about the money raised and how much it will help I was sure it would be worthwhile.

“I am so glad to have taken part in the Brave the Shave campaign to raise awareness of the brilliant work Macmillan do. It’s hardly heroic to sit there while somebody shaves your hair off – people have much tougher things to deal with – but every little helps in the fight against cancer.

“My gran had help from Macmillan nurses in the last few days of her life so I know what it might mean for a family to have a lifeline at the most difficult time.

“On the hair front, I’m fortunate to be really healthy, apart from my ankle, so I know my hair will come back soon, if I want it!”

Pooley’s fundraising page can be found at