Kind-hearted colleagues of a Sheffield woman diagnosed with cancer have shown their support for her – by having their hair cut off.
Yvette Senior was diagnosed with bowel cancer and secondary lung and liver cancer in October.
The 51-year-old is currently waiting for chemotherapy and, to offer their support, 17 of her colleagues at public services provider A4e decided to get close shaves.
They were sponsored for the effort – and hope to raise £1,000 to buy Yvette, who is currently off work, an iPad with a Skype connection so she can keep up-to-date with her colleagues.
Yvette, from Orgreave, said: “They are fantastic gang of people. I didn’t expect anything of the sort.
“For so many people to shave their hair off, including women, well I was stunned and truly humbled.
“We’re all friends as well as colleagues. We socialise together and support each other. It’s an amazing place to work.
“Everyone has been texting me and keeping me up to date on what’s going on there. It’s been a massive help.”
Like many bowel cancer sufferers, Yvette did not notice any symptoms before she became ill and was surprised to learn she had been living with it for three years before her diagnosis.
Yvette, a senior business analyst for A4e, based on Queen Street in the city centre, has also offered to undertake clinical trials after one of her colleagues researched her condition online and told her about an antibody treatment being tested on people with bowel cancer.
She said: “I’ll try anything and I hope I can help in some way by being part of the trial.”
Donna Bee, a senior business analyst and team leader at A4e, who organised the head shave, said: “Yvette has worked for A4e for nearly two years and is a well-loved and highly respected colleague and good friend.
“My hair is very much a part of my identity. I colour it seasonally – purple and red for winter, blue and yellow for spring, pink in summer and copper with green for autumn – to match my wardrobe.
“I thought I’d be able to raise funds for Yvette by having it shaved off, as well as showing her that I’ll go to great lengths to support her. The support and responses are overwhelming and it has spiralled.
“It’s going to look quite bizarre with so many of us walking around with bald heads.”
Hairdresser Stephania Florist, who carried out the hair shaves, said: “The story behind why we are doing this has really inspired me and I hope we raise as much money as possible for Yvette.”
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