A ‘bald’ move for sister solidarity in Newhaven

Denise Eager and her sister Samantha Wyatt Race for Life
Denise Eager and her sister Samantha Wyatt Race for Life

Three sisters from Newhaven are losing their locks in support of another sister who is going through cancer treatment for the second time.

Samantha Wyatt, Kelly Eager and Helen Neilson are having a close shave in solidarity with Denise Eager, who is half way through chemotherapy treatment and losing her hair.

The trio, along with friends, will bare all at a fundraising evening for Cancer Research UK, and in particular breast cancer, at The Ship Hotel, High Street, Newhaven, on Saturday November 30.

They are also donating their hair to the ‘The Little Princess Trust’ to be made into wigs for children suffering cancer.

Sam, of First Avenue, organised the evening with youngest sister Kelly.

“Denise is an amazing lady and has been incredibly brave throughout everything she has been through,” Sam said.

“She is an inspiration to all of us who know and love her.

“We sisters wanted to do something to show our support for her and to raise money for Cancer Research UK to help both Denise and other people who are going through cancer treatment.

“We didn’t want Denise to be alone in losing her hair so we all agreed to have our own heads shaved as a sign of solidarity.”

Denise, 41, was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2010.

She underwent a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and her treatment was successful but in May this year a routine mammogram revealed a lump in the same breast.

Sam said: “We were all devastated by the news, especially Denise who had to go through surgery and treatment a second time. And it has been much harder this time.”

Denise needed radiotherapy but wasn’t able to have it as the course she had already received was too recent so she opted for a mastectomy followed by reconstruction. However, the operation was unsuccessful and Denise had to have 90 per cent of the reconstruction removed.

Following the operation fluid built up on Denise’s back and she had to endure weeks of travelling to East Grinstead to have it drained.

Denise will need further surgery at the end of the chemotherapy.

The sisters’ mother Sylvia is herself a breast cancer survivor and Sam said Denise’s partner, Paul Davis, had been incredibly supportive, as had her company, RF Solutions in Lewes.

There will be a disco, raffle, buffet and auction at the Ship and some men will be shaving their moustaches off, including Peter Elms, who has had his for more than 40 years.

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Jessica Blake, Cancer Research UK fundraising manager for Sussex, said: “Sam and her sisters have taken a brave decision to shave their heads and have organised a great event to support Denise. All the money they raise will go to the charity’s life-saving work and will help beat cancer sooner.”

Visit Sam’s JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Wyatt2/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Samantha-Wyatt2&utm_campaign=pfp-share or text NVJA95 £1 to 70070.