USK's pink ladies shave their heads to raise over £7,500 for charity
2:18pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Gwent news
A CANCER survivor and three friends shaved their heads to raise more than £7,500 for breast cancer charities at a fundraising event in Usk.
The four women from Usk, known as the ‘Pink Ladies’, Rachel Drago, Victoria Boxhall-James, Kay Peacock and Julie Lewis, who all dyed their hair pink for the cause, will split the cash between St. David’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care after Usk hairdresser and specialist wig supplier, Phillip Mungeam shaved their heads at a fundraising event held the Newcourt Hotel on Saturday.
Rachel Drago, a GP nursery at a surgery in Weston Super-Mare, was diagnosed with breast cancer after weight loss revealed two lumps, four years ago. After undergoing a mastectomy, the mother-of-two underwent six rounds of chemotherapy before returning to work in 2010.
Ms Peacock a local lollipop lady, said: “The atmosphere on the night was electric; the Pink ladies shed many tears and shared much laughter.
“The support from the crowd provided much-needed encouragement with cheers and shouts of ‘you’re all beautiful’ as the hair came off under the capable clippers of Phillip Mugeam.”
Ms Peacock said the women have been inundated with messages from people who have said they are an inspiration to many.
She added: “I am ecstatic to have helped raise so much money to help fight such an evil disease. It is, however an incredible emotional rollercoaster ride to have all your hair shaved off. I chose to do it but my heart goes out to all those ladies who don’t have a choice.”
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