A CANCER survivor who has dedicated more than a decade to helping people who lose their hair through illness is looking to take on a fresh fundraising challenge.
Hairdresser Jane Shirt was devastated when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after finding a lump on her neck 12 years ago.
The mother-of-two was forced to take time off running her busy salon, 195 Hairlines, in Totley, Sheffield, while she underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Jane found losing her hair during treatment particularly distressing and decided to get a wig.
Her experience inspired her to set up her own service helping people in a similar situation.
And 12 years on, she has helped hundreds of men and women with her one-to-one wig and hair replacement service.
Jane, aged 45, from Dronfield, said: “I will never forget that day. I’d done lots of research and went to a place in Sheffield. I had bits of blonde hair at the time.
“A girl served me and came over and handed me this black wig in a box. I came out and just cried and cried.
“When I got home I thought, I could give people something better than that.”
Jane talks each person through what they want from the hair piece, shaves the hair of women as they go through treatment, fits the wig and styles it.
She has also completed a ski challenge raising £4,000 for a cancer charity after making a full recovery from her illness.
Jane said: “I see women all the way through the process – before treatment, during and after. It makes such a difference when you’re going through something as awful as cancer. It can ruin your confidence losing your hair.
“If I can help anyone going through the same thing then it’s worth it.
“I’m keen to do another fundraising challenge so if there are any businesses or sponsors who can inspire me then they should get in touch.”