A Halstead woman who was diagnosed with cancer has raised £4,500 and donated her hair to charity to help others dealing with illness.
Nikki Jordan, 24, from High Street, was told she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, in April.
While she was told she had a 98 per cent chance of surviving the illness with chemotherapy, the side effects of the treatment caused concern.
“The thing that really upset me was the fact I was going to lose my hair,” said Miss Jordan.
“I wasn’t worried about the cancer as the doctor said chemotherapy would fix it, but my hair was such a visible thing to lose.”
The impact was even greater for Miss Jordan, whose dark hair went halfway down her back, but she was determined to make the best of the situation.
“I thought ‘I don’t want this to go to waste’,” she said. Miss Jordan decided to have a sponsored head shave for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She also donated the hair she had shaved off to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who lose their hair through cancer treatment.
“I have just counted up all my donations and I am up to £4,530,” said Miss Jordan, who works at Scenarios bar in Halstead and hopes to go travelling to Australia after finishing her eight remaining sessions of chemotherapy.”
Carol Fenton, Anglia general manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are thrilled that Nikki has raised such a huge amount. Every day 19 people in Essex will hear they have cancer and this will make a real difference to their lives.”