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Bald effort to battle cancer by Calne family team
6:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
Mum Elizabeth Duffin and her teenage daughter Courtney will have their heads shaved in defiance of the cancer Mrs Duffin has beaten three times.
The pair, from Calne, have offered to do the headshave in public at a Halloween fun day in Langley Burrell Village Hall on Sunday, to raise funds for the children’s oncology ward at Bristol Hospital.
Mrs Duffin, 46, has been struck by cervical cancer three times and was delighted when her 16-year-old daughter Courtney agreed to go under the clippers with her.
They have already raised more than £600 in just a week – a large contribution to the fun day organised by Kelly Pritchard, whose own baby Alfie-Ray Clark was treated for cancer at the ward.
Mrs Duffin, who has now had a hysterectomy and been in remission for a year, said: “When I saw on Facebook what Kelly was doing, it struck a chord. I first got cancer when I was 29.”
She has the support of her fellow employees at Leonard Cheshire Disability in Trowbridge.
Her daughter Courtney, who is studying for A-levels at Calne’s John Bentley School, said: “I’m doing it because my mum suffered from cancer and my grandad died from it too, and when I saw that Kelly’s child died from it too I thought I’d do as much as I could to help the charity.”
Sherston couple Kelly Pritchard, 34, and Darren Clark, 32, lost 18-month-old Alfie in August 2012, four months after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.
Also going for a number one cut at Sunday’s event will be Miss Pritchard’s 13-year-old son, TJ Mullan, who goes to Malmesbury School.
The fun day will run from 11am to 3pm and will feature various events and an auction.
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/kelly-pritchard6
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