Published: 25 Feb 2013

A member of staff at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough has raised more than £2600 for a local cancer care centre.

For the past two months, Alan Bailes, 47, from Skelton in Cleveland, who works as a general commercial manager at Jennings Ford’s Cargo Fleet Lane dealership, has abstained from shaving and having his regular hair trim and it’s all been in a bid to raise money for a charity very close to his heart - the Holistic Cancer Care Centre at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Alan agreed to participate in a charity event on behalf Sophie Cutts, 21, from Skelton, who sadly lost her battle against cancer in September 2012, but he also recently lost a close friend to cancer and decided he wanted to do something not only to raise funds, but also awareness about the cancer care centre.

Alan’s employer, Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group and founder of The Emaan Foundation charity, agreed to donate a cheque for the sum of £100.

This is the first time Alan, who regularly makes donations to a variety of charities, has actually participated in a charity event and he’s overwhelmed with the generosity he has received from his customers, family, friends and work colleagues.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their kind and very generous support, it’s been overwhelming,” said Alan.

Alan was one of four friends who took part in the sponsored shave, the combined fundraising total currently stands at over £5000.

The Holistic Cancer Care Centre opened in 2003 for use by patients registered with a consultant oncologist based at James Cook University Hospital.

The Centre provides a range of supportive therapies to complement the orthodox treatments of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. For more information visit

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