Hair-raising for hospice

GOING, GOING: Amanda Wade, Bec Hender, Lisa Roberts and, in the chair Rachel East, who has raised �1,250 for St Nicholas Hospice.
GOING, GOING: Amanda Wade, Bec Hender, Lisa Roberts and, in the chair Rachel East, who has raised �1,250 for St Nicholas Hospice.

A WOMAN from Sudbury underwent a close shave to say thank you to St Nicholas Hospice.

Rachael East, who lives in Waldingfield Road, had her red hair shaved at Studio 56 in Gaol Lane on Tuesday, raising £1,250 in sponsorship money.

She decided to help St Nicholas Hospice after her friend Amanda Wade was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April and has been cared for at the Bury St Edmunds hospice.

“It’s a fantastic cause,” said Mrs East. “So many people have been touched by it and they have been amazing to Amanda and her childen.”

Mrs Wade, who lives in Great Cornard with her husband Dan and daughters Emma and Rebecca, said: “The hospice is excellent, they have a whole team there and everybody is amazing.

“Everybody has rallied round and they are helping our family through this,” she added.

Mrs East’s friend Jane Green said: “Rachael loves her hair, she very rarely comes out without it being done so this is a big thing.

“It has only been a short amount of time, three weeks of fundraising, and within the first weekend she’d completely blown away her £300 target.”

Mrs East has adjusted quickly to life without her beloved locks.

“I’m loving it,” she said. “I’m always fiddling with my hair, I won’t know what to do with my hands.”

The Free Press is backing St Nicholas Hospice Care to provide a community nurse for the town – and there are lots of ways you can help be part of it.

See our story on page nine to see why one family, the Baxters from Bures, believe St Nicholas Hospice deserves all the fundraising help it can get because of the fantastic work it does to help people.

You can also read about ways of helping, including joining the Hospice Lottery, volunteering some time to help every week, or organising a fundraising event.