Former Stag Jake Buxton’s close shave

Jake Buxton with Diane Forward after her head shave.
Jake Buxton with Diane Forward after her head shave.

It’s not just opposition strikers that former Mansfield Town and now Derby County player Jake Buxton cuts down to size... it turns out he’s a dab hand with hair too.

The tough-tackling defender turned hairdresser when he shaved off the hair of Diane Forward as part of her fundraising bid for Cancer Research UK.

Diane, 48, from Warsop, raised £1550.60 and said: “Jake was nervous, but did a really good job!

“For a start I just had the grade four because my hair was quite thick and when he’d finished that he thought that was it, but I went the whole way.

“It was really great of Jake to give up his time and raise the profile of my event - and he also sponsored me £100 as well.”

Diane works for Respectful Care in Mansfield Woodhouse, who provide services that enable elderly people to continue living at home.

She had hoped to raise £500, so was delighted to treble that amount.

She added: “I chose to support Cancer Research UK because there are 200 different forms of cancer and it affects all people young and old.”