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Breast cancer patient raises £1,222 for the My WiSH Charity

Sylvie Smith and Sue Smith, fundraising manager

Recovering breast cancer patient Sylvie Smith, best known by regulars at the Moreton Hall pub, in Bury St Edmunds, has raised an amazing £1,222 for the breast unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.

She raised the money braving the shave losing all the hair on her head.

It took place at the pub on the Moreton Hall Estate and was carried out by local hairdresser Claire Butcher with a crowd of people on hand to watch and at the same time donate as Sylvie lost her locks.

She decided to raise the money for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, after being treated at the hospital for her cancer.

The 59-year-old, who lives in Hollow Road and has worked at the pub for the past eight years, was diagnosed with the cancer six years ago and had to undergo radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, along with chemotherapy at the West Suffolk Hospital.

So after meeting up with Sue Smith and Sally Daniels from the My WiSH Charity she decided she wanted to raise the money for the breast unit.

“I just wanted all the money I raised to go to the hospital where I was treated as they were so good to me,” she said. “Quite a few people sponsored me on the night and also through my Just Giving page and some people thought that my cancer had returned after seeing me without my hair but did not want to ask. But I can assure them that I’m alright.

“I thought that I would get to £800 or £900 but when we totted all the money up and found we got to over £1,000 it was great,” she added.

Sue Smith said “Sylvie is always so positive about life and when she suggested doing this we knew she would, her donation is going to the hospitals breast care unit and will directly treat 6 patients with breast cancer with our Sentimag machine, we are truly grateful to her”

And anyone who still wants to donate to Sylvie’s shave can do so via the Just Giving website at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sylviesheadshave

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured above Sylvie Smith and Fundraising Manager Sue Smith


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