Pilgrim Hospital nurses ‘braves the shave’ for mum who is fighting cancer

Nurse Donna Wylka after having her hair shaved to riase money for charity, with her mum Jacqueline Betts who has cancer.

Nurse Donna Wylka after having her hair shaved to riase money for charity, with her mum Jacqueline Betts who has cancer.

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A nurse from Pilgrim Hospital, whose mum has cancer, has ‘braved the shave’ to raise money for charity.

Donna Wylka was watched by her mum Jacqueline Betts as she lost all of her locks in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 32-year-old from Old Leake, who works at Ambulatory Emergency Care, wanted to show her support for Jacqueline who was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma four years ago.

Donna said: “Mum and I are more or less best friends. I’ve been with her to every appointment and I want her to know I am with her every step of the way. The first thing mum was worried about when she was diagnosed was losing her hair.

“I decided about a month ago to do this and try to raise as much money for Macmillan as possible because they do absolutely fantastic work.”

The family have been supported by a Macmillan nurse.

Jacqueline had eight months of chemotherapy following her diagnosis at Pilgrim Hospital and still has check-ups and blood tests every six months and the cancer has not spread.

The 59-year-old from Wrangle said she did not have typical symptoms before being diagnosed. “I’ve had back pain for years but I was waking up with pains in my stomach and after putting it off Donna took me to the GP,” she said.

She found out that not only did she have gallstones but non Hodgkin lymphoma in her kidney. “Sitting in the chemo suite I often felt guilty because I didn’t look as ill as some of the others in there with me. I’m lucky that my hair didn’t fall out and I’m able to keep living as normally as possible.” added Jacqueline.

Donna has raised more than £1,500. To make a donation visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/donna-wylka/