Media Release

Head shave raises £600 for QEH Cancer Services

A King’s Lynn woman had her head shaved one year to the day after sister’s cancer operation to raise money for West Norfolk patients.

Miss Lesley Pottle wanted to show her support for sister, Mrs Katrina Chappell, by raising £600 for West Norfolk Breast Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Katrina, 42, was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, after discovering an 11cm lump on her breast. A routine check at the GP turned into a two week referral to the hospital, proceeding into mammograms, operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

King’s Lynn woman Lesley was inspired to raise money by shaving her hair after a year of growing it.

She said: “I didn’t expect to raise this much! I would like to thank the customers of Crofters coffee shop for their generosity, as well as our family and friends.

“This unit is brilliant with families. Cancer affects a lot of people, and the support here is very good.”

Lesley joined Katrina and her husband to present the cheque to the Breast Unit.
During an emotional cheque hand-over, Angela Holford, Senior Breast Care Nurse said: “These donations are crucial for us to be able to buy the things we don’t get funding for.

“This job has dark moments, but it is a privilege to look after our patients.”

Katrina has recently been accepted for reconstruction surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

She says: “Here is where I started my journey, and I am pleased that my journey ends here.”

Mammograms are the most commonly available method of detecting an early breast lesion. Currently, 50 to 70 year olds are offered breast screening every 3 years.


Pictured from left to right: Richard Chappell, Katrina Chappell, Angela Holford and Lesley Pottle

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