Wife’s head shave challenge in memory of hubby

Jackie Archer with her late husband Frank, who passed away from a brain tumour in February 2013
Jackie Archer with her late husband Frank, who passed away from a brain tumour in February 2013

A widow who lost her husband to a brain tumour 10 months after he was diagnosed is shaving her head in his honour.

Jackie Archer, 60, will have all her hair shaved off at Chinnor Village Centre tomorrow to raise cash for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of late husband Frank, who passed away in February 2013.

But tomorrow four men – one being her nephew Andy Paton – will join her by having their legs waxed, which is a nod to a funny anecdote Mrs Archer recalls about her husband who was a keen bodybuilder.

She said: “One summer, I was waxing my legs before we went on holiday and Frank asked me to wax his chest so he could look good on the beach.

“Well, he nearly screamed the house down! We laughed about it for many years afterwards.

“He was a real joker and was always trying to make people laugh.”

Mrs Archer first met Frank in 1991 at a school disco when he was caretaker at St Andrew’s School in Chinnor, and from then on they were inseparable.

Mr Archer was diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma tumour in the spring of 2012 and was given radiotherapy treatment, but it sadly it was inoperable due to its position on the front left side of his brain.

He came home from hospital in October 2012 and was cared for by his wife and family before passing away five months later.

Mrs Archer, of Watlington, said: “I was so lucky to have had Frank in my life. He has given me so many wonderful memories to look back on.”

She hopes to raise £1,000 for the charity in Frank’s memory and will be at the coffee morning at Chinnor Village Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am tomorrow.

Visit Jackie’s donation page here.

>The Fat Fox in Watlington recently raised more than £100 for The Brain Tumour Charity with a Bandanas For Brain Tumours evening.