A CANCER survivor is braving the shave in a bid to raise cash for a brain injury charity which supported him through his recovery.

Michael Gates, 34, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour nearly three years ago after he started suffering from dizzy spells and headaches through the night.

Doctors discovered he had a brain tumour which was grade four neuroblastoma – a rare form of cancer most commonly found in children.

However he underwent major VP Shunt surgery to help the fluid drain from his brain and the tumour was successfully removed on March 12, 2015.

Following 30 sessions of radiotherapy Michael was offered support and help through the brain injury charity Headway and he is now raising vital funds to give something back.

The golf enthusiast, who lives in Walton with his parents, raised about £2,000 last year through charity bingo and quiz nights.

Michael will be facing the clippers on Sunday, June 3 at the Frinton Golf Club in the Esplanade to continue his fundraising efforts.

"Myself and my friend Rob Long decided a couple of months ago to do the head shave to raise money - my friend wanted to do a bungee jump but I wasn't quite up for that," he said.

"So I said why don't we do a head shave - I had a hair cut last week but that will be the last one until June.

"We're hoping to raise £2,000 in total and we're at £700 so far so it's looking good that we'll meet the target.

"Headway have given me advice, love and support and these fundraisers are a great way of giving back something they've helped to give me.

"Organising these fundraisers keeps me active and it keeps my mind and brain active which is important too.

"I'm hoping people will come down, have a Sunday lunch and raise some money for Headway."

If you would like to sponsor Michael to justgiving.com/fundraising/garhs.