A mother and daughter are helping people regain confidence after losing their hair through illness by setting up a designer wig-making charity.
Paula Westwood Fox, 63, from Marlpool, and her daughter Cassie Coombes, from Ilkeston, say hair loss through chemotherapy treatment, alopecia, or stress can lead to depression, loss of self-esteem and embarrassment.
Now they are setting up Patient Hair - where mobile hairdresser Cassie, 27, can tailor-make good quality wigs for sufferers at a fraction of the usual £100 to £200 cost. She said: “I’ve wan ted to go into helping people and helping them feel better about themselves. The idea is to do this for men, women and children - there’s not a lot out there. I want it to go national, hopefully it won’t just be in the local area.”
Mum Paula said wigs are available on the NHS, but they are not always good quality. Patient Hair will cut the wigs, made using real hair, to suit the client as if they were having their hair styled. She said: “When you are having chemotherapy, you are under a lot of stress - you are not feeling well but to lose your hair is unbelievable at that time. This can help children, men and women at a tough time.”
They are in the process of registering Patient Hair as a charity and are about to set up a website.
They are hosting an official launch event at Risley Park Function Rooms, on Sunday, June 30 , where proceeds from a ball and auction will go to setting up the charity. Tickets are £50. For more information call Paula on 01773 763941.
When it gets up and running they plan to place posters and calling cards in hospitals and doctors surgeries.