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Long-serving volunteer shaves hair for hospice

A dedicated Hospice volunteer has become a fund-razor after having her hair shaved off to raise funds.

Jean Hay, of Darlington, took the challenge to raise money for St Teresa’s as it’s a cause which is close to her heart.

Jean has been a regular volunteer for the Hospice, helping for a number of years in its Skinnergate Home Shop.

Recently, Jean was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing treatment. This meant she had to reluctantly give up her regular shift at the shop, although it hasn’t held her back from lending a helping hand at some of the charity’s fundraising events.

Not one to hang around, Jean jumped at the chance to do something for the Hospice.

Jean commented: “I can’t do events like the Midnight Walk or Bark in the Park, but I wanted to give something back. It all happened very quickly – I decided I wanted to do the hair shave on the Monday, and a week later I’d had my hair cut off and had raised nearly £300!”

As part of her ongoing treatment Jean is attending the Day Hospice at St Teresa’s, where she benefits from a variety of exercise, activities, and has access to a range of complementary therapies all designed to help manage symptoms.

Staff at Winroth’s Hairdressers in Clark’s Yard cut Jean’s hair free of charge. Part-owner Michelle Vickers said: “It was great to be able to support Jean. She has been coming here for years. Jean is an amazing lady and is always smiling. We’re so pleased for Jean and hope she keeps up the good work, we wish her well”.

As well as raising £430 for St Teresa’s Hospice, Jean has made a donation of £50 to a breast cancer support group at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Jane Bradshaw, St Teresa’s Hospice Chief Executive, commented: “Jean is a stalwart Hospice Shop volunteer. I always looked forwards to the cups of coffee she made me whenever I visited. She has worked tirelessly to support the Hospice and this latest fundraising effort is typically selfless of her!”