Bev uses her head to raise hos­pice funds

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A 60-YEAR-OLD can­cer sur­vivor had her hair dyed pink to raise money for the hos­pice which has helped her for the past six years.

Bev Rance, a fi­nance clerk from Amer­sham, hopes to raise sev­eral hun­dreds of pounds for South Bucks Hos­pice, based at But­ter­fly House, in High Wy­combe.

She had her blonde hair dyed on Fri­day Septem­ber 12 at the Dun­ton James salon, in Chal­font St Giles, by Vicky Coles, and asked friends and fam­ily to spon­sor her on a Just Giv­ing page.

Her new hair­style left her thrilled. She said: “I had an awe­some time and it looks amaz­ing.

“My won­der­ful hair­dresser Vicky didn’t charge me, so I am able to put that money in the pot too, which is fab­u­lous, and she closed the sa­loon for the af­ter­noon so we were able to have a fun time do­ing it.”

Vicky said: “I had so much fun cre­at­ing this pink mas­ter­piece and hope it raises lots of pen­nies for this great lo­cal char­ity.”

Bev, a mother-of-one to Tom, was first di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2011 and was in­tro­duced to South Bucks Hos­pice a year later when she dis­cov­ered she was suf­fer­ing from lym­phoedema.

This is a chronic swelling, nor­mally in the arms and legs, caused by a mal­func­tion of the lym­phatic sys­tem and is of­ten a re­sult of can­cer or other ill­nesses.

“I have been go­ing back­wards and for­wards to the lym­phoedema clinic ev­ery six months,” said Bev.

“The ladies at the clinic are won­der­ful and have helped me to un­der­stand and live with lym­phoedema.

“The work they do is just amaz­ing, and I wanted to give some­thing back for all the time and care they have given me.”

Bev had an­other spe­cial rea­son for rais­ing the money via the pink dye stunt.

“In 2011, I lost my hair due to chemo­ther­apy,” she said.

“For a lot of peo­ple who lose their hair, it’s like los­ing your iden­tity.

“I was lucky in that mine grew back in a rea­son­ably short pe­riod.

“It is won­der­ful when it does grow back and it was a big thing for me be­cause I felt I had Bev back – no more scarves.

“I have al­ways wanted to be ou­tra­geous with my hair and dye­ing it pink is noth­ing com­pared to los­ing it due to chemo­ther­apy.”

Ben O’Keefe, com­mu­nity fundraiser for the hos­pice, said: “It’s great when the lo­cal com­mu­nity comes to­gether and helps each other.

“This is such a fun and colour­ful way to raise money for us and is ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one here at the hos­pice.”

To sup­port Bev and the hos­pice, go to www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/BevRance

For more on the hos­pice, go to www.sb­hos­pice.org.uk.

Bev Rance with Vicky Coles and sup­port­ers

Bev Rance takes a glimpse at her new look

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