Tim's Story

‘I was happy to face the clippers for Macmillan’

When Sunday Brunch host Tim Lovejoy unexpectedly lost his brother to pancreatic cancer, Macmillan was there to support his whole family. Since then, Tim’s been a passionate Macmillan supporter – something which led him to Brave the Shave last year, live on national TV. He spoke to the team at Macmillan to share his story.

‘My brother, James, was 37 and just married when he was told he had pancreatic cancer,’ says Tim. ‘After four weeks of chemotherapy, they told him it wasn’t working and there was nothing else they could do for him.’

Rays of light

As James’s pain became more serious, his Macmillan nurses were there for him.


‘They were our rays of light,’ says Tim. ‘For Mum and Dad, the nurses provided comfort. For James they were there to help keep the pain under control. They were also there to talk to him when he was feeling stressed and down, and they helped him understand that he wasn’t alone.’

Giving something back

Sadly, James died only four months after his diagnosis. Following his family’s experience, Tim was inspired to support Macmillan, and last year he threw himself into our Brave the Shave challenge.

‘I’ve seen the impact a cancer diagnosis can have, not just on the person who is diagnosed with cancer but on those around them’, he says. ‘Macmillan offers a fantastic range of support to people affected by cancer so I was happy to face the clippers.’

Will you make a hair-oic effort this year?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to say bye bye to your barnet like Tim, why not sign up to Brave the Shave?

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