Cumbrian Bride – Bald Chick Challenge

Bride and Groom walk down the promenade at Grange over sands

It’s stories that touch people’s lives

Photographs are a great way of telling stories. In my job as a wedding photographer, it is a privilege, not just to take beautiful photos of a couple’s wedding day, but to also try and capture some of the real emotion shared between family and friends.  When I photographed Rebecca and Craig’s wedding last September, at The Grange Hotel, the bond between Rebecca and her sister Rachael, was immediately obvious.  As I was photographing the bridal preparations, I  sat and observed the interaction and tenderness between the two sisters as a heavily pregnant Rachael helped her sister get into her wedding dress. It’s moments like these that are priceless.  As a wedding photographer I see a lot of brides, and a lot of beautiful brides, but Rebecca was particularly radiant and looked stunning. I had to go and tell Craig as he was waiting for her to arrive, that he was in for a treat!

Since the wedding (which we seem to have missed blogging, and will do so shortly) Rachael has had a little boy, and Rebecca is pregnant with number 2.

But also recently, unfortunately, Rachael has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Tender moment between sisters as Bride puts  on wedding dress

Bald Chick Challenge

As a sister, Rebecca is actively supporting Rachael in an incredibly selfless way by shaving off all her beautiful long dark hair. This is not just to raise money for The Lymphoma Association, but to show solidarity with her sister, who is starting to lose her hair as she undergoes chemotherapy treatment. Rebecca’s Bald Chick Challenge has captured people’s attentions and emotions and she has raised almost £3000 already in just over a week.

Rebecca is better at telling this story than me – so in her own words, I’ll let her explain.

‘My sister is currently undergoing very aggressive treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. She has two young children who are going to see her change in numerous ways over the next few months as she continues having BEACOPP treatment.

To support her and to raise money for The Lymphoma Association, I am going to shave my head. I want to help her any way I can while she is going through this life changing time. I will be doing this on Saturday 1st June at 2.30pm.

Please donate whatever you can – every penny is going to The Lymphoma Association which provides emotional support and accurate medical information  to anyone affected by lymphatic cancer.’

To support Rebecca in her challenge go to Just Giving

Rachel Rogan helping her sister put on her wedding dress

To support Rebecca and Rachael and their family, and to help tell their amazing story, I have offered to document this challenge- as Rebecca has her head shaved on 1st June and will keep you posted on the blog. Both Beccy and I really enjoyed getting to know Rebecca and Craig in the lead up to their wedding and having shared their special day, feel privileged to be able to help in any way we can by raising the profile of this challenge on our blog and facebook and helping Rebecca raise money and awareness for the Lymphoma Society. We’re behind them all the way.

If you would like to donate, please go to Rebecca’s Just Giving Page  – any amount however small will make a difference.



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  • Dave Greaves - April 23, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    One of our amazing brides from last year, Rebecca McIlgorm is doing something pretty amazing for her sister, and for charity. Have a look at the blog to find out more about this incredible challenge.ReplyCancel

  • DaveGreaves Photography - April 23, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    One of our amazing brides from last year, Rebecca McIlgorm is doing something pretty amazing for her sister, and for charity. Have a look at the blog to find out more about this incredible challenge.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Lowther - April 24, 2013 - 7:26 am

    I am friends with Rebecca and she truy is a special lady and Craig a great guy too. I love rebecca to bits and i, m so proud of what she is doing.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Philipson - April 25, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    I know becca and she is such a wonderful girl. What a testament of her love for her sister xxxReplyCancel

  • Fiona Richardson - April 27, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful piece. As you rightly say – the bond between Rebecca McIlgorm & Rachael Rogan is one that is almost undefinable in words; but so wonderful to watch, and this is just one example of the support they provide not only to one another; but so selflessly set out to help others. Well done Rebecca & I think I can speak for all of yours and Rachels friends when I say how proud I am to know you both xx.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Ashurst - April 27, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Amazing! Proud to know these people two amazing, brave ladies and I am just about to donate xx.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Ashurst - April 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Amazing, brave inspirational ladies am proud to know them. If anyone can spare even just a pound please consider donating, every little helps x.ReplyCancel

  • […] Thanks to all of you who have supported Rebecca so far. If you would like more information and read more about this amazing story, check out our blog post from a few weeks […]ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca McIlgorm - April 24, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Love you too xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca McIlgorm - April 27, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Thanks Fiona 😀 xxxReplyCancel

  • Mel Ashurst - April 27, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    @[1548255389:2048:Rachael Rogan], xxxReplyCancel

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