The Gerber family before the head shave. Picture: Kevin Elfleet. Top right, wife Samantha braves the shave, with hairdresser Charley Sharpe. Picture: Kevin Elfleet.

The wife, daughter and son of a West Lynn man who has beaten cancer have braved the shave to thank the hospital where he was treated.

The Gerber family has raised more than £1,000 from their close shaves on Sunday, which Andy Gerber said it was an emotional day.

Mr Gerber, 55, was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw after visiting the dentist last November with what he thought was an abscess.

“I went in for an abscess and my dentist said to me: ‘I don’t like the look of that’.

“Before I knew it, I was sent for urgent tests and it was cancer of the jaw bone,” he said.

Mr Gerber underwent two major operations in which bone was taken from one of his legs and used to rebuild his jaw.

Following treatment, he has been given the all-clear and his relieved family decided to raise money for cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to say thank you and to help other patients.

A crowd of around 30 family, friends and fellow holiday home owners gathered at Snettisham Caravan Park clubhouse for the shave with hairdresser Charley Sharpe, who clipped the locks of  Mr Gerber’s wife Samantha, 47, daughter Michaela, 28, and son Bradley, 27.

Mr Gerber, who works for Peter Bacon recycling at Bawsey, said: “It went very well. It was a bit emotional and we had a few tears.”

He admitted he was very proud of the family for showing their support in such a way.

“It was very moving. Everyone said how good they all looked afterwards,” added Mr Gerber.

He said more money might still be added to the family’s total through an online donation page.

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