Game cancer patient Angela boosts funds
A CANCER patient from St Austell has raised hundreds of pounds for Cornwall Hospice Care by having her hair transformed into a pink chequers board.
Angela Golley, who has been receiving treatment at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice over the past 12 months, said she was so touched by the care she has received she wanted to raise funds for the hospice and awareness about the work it does.
"I wanted to do something for Cornwall Hospice Care, so I decided to go silly and dye my hair," she said.
"I have raised sponsorship but actually lots of people have just been giving me money – I haven't even had to ask them."
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Ms Golley, who was diagnosed with tongue cancer last year, dyed her hair pink and then had patches shaved off.
She has been receiving treatment for pain management and symptom control at the hospice and receives support at home from the team at Cornwall Hospice Care.
Elaine David, health care assistant at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and former hairdresser, cut and coloured Ms Golley's hair while she was staying at the hospice earlier this month.
"It has been lovely for me to return home and Sarah, (the occupational therapist at Cornwall Hospice Care) has arranged for me to have a hand rail on the stairs and a shower seat so that it is easier for me at home," Ms Golley said.
"I just want everyone to know how magnificent the hospice is. Everyone is so happy, friendly and helpful. Nothing is ever too much trouble. As I have had difficulty eating, the cooks have been great at making anything I fancy – they make a wicked Eton mess."
Angela has raised £485, which includes £200 from Day Lewis Pharmacy through the Community at Heart Scheme.
Karen Murrish, fundraising manager at Cornwall Hospice Care, said: "We are so grateful for the support of people like Angela. That Angela has felt moved to raise funds after experiencing our care and has taken the brave step to have a wacky haircut in aid of CHC is really touching."