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Brave Ann raises a grand
COURAGEOUS cancer sufferer Ann Fazey has raised nearly £1,300 after having her long flowing locks cut off in memory of a dear friend who died from the disease.
Wroughton parish council clerk Ann, 52, earlier this year decided to so something in honour of mother-of-two Jo Jardine who tragically died aged 42 last year.
Ann, who has a daughter Emily, 18, wanted to mark the anniversary of Jo’s death by having her head shorn of her distinctive and eye-catching dark hair.
Weeks before the event was due to take place Ann, a single woman who lives in Wroughton, was told that she too had cancer and would require chemotherapy.
She decided to go ahead with a very public headshave anyway and in June friends, family and well-wishers packed the Castle pub in Old Town, Swindon for an afternoon of fun and music.
It culminated with Ann’s distinctive locks, which for year she has worn half-way down her back, being cut off.
Her hair was donated to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer.
Just two days later Ann went to Oxford to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment to combat the disease.
Over the months, cash pledges made during the event at the Castle have rolled in and Ann has now presented a cheque of £1,291 to the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton where Jo spent her final days and where she, too, is receiving care.
From her hospice bed, Ann said: “I’m really delighted that so much was raised. It’s a fantastic amount. So many people have helped. It’s great.”
Remembering Jo she said: “She was such a lovely woman. We had some great times together.
“I wanted to do something to commemorate her and celebrate her amazing life – I loved her so much,” says Ann.
She went on: “I am delighted that Jo’s teenage sons, Mikey and Lucas, and my daughter Emily, have supported our fundraising. It means a lot to me.”
Ann, who is set to leave the Prospect after five weeks at its in-patient unit, modestly played down her own involvement in the fundraising activity.
She said: “I’ve not had to do much to do with it, to be honest – apart from sit in the Castle and get my head shaved.
“Much of the fundraising has been done through Facebook and JustGiving.com.”
She was keen to thank the many people who have helped and supported her during the fund raising campaign, ranging from friends such as Joy Hanley and Castle landlady Tina McCann to musicians from a string of Swindon bands who performed at the event.
Ann said: “People have been very generous because they know what a good cause Prospect Hospice is.”
Ann will be able to go home after the Prospect put together a care and treatment package for her.
She was joined by friends and family when she presented the cheque to Prospect Hospice’s community fundraiser Amy Francombe.
Amy said: “We are very touched that, in spite of her illness, Ann and her friends and family have been so generous with their support for Prospect Hospice.
“Our thanks go to them, and we wish Ann well with her ongoing care and treatment.”
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