Jon's close shave in memory of Lynzie

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TWO and half years after her death aged just 38, friends of Bearwood care worker Lynzie Holloway continue to raise money for local cancer patients in her honour - most recently Jon Roberts, who gave up his razor and raised a whisker short of £500.

Jon is one of a large group of Bearwood Social Club members who have been fundraising for Dorset Cancer Care Foundation in memory of Lynzie since she died of cancer in 2015.

Lynzie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, before receiving the all-clear in 2014.

But when she later returned to hospital for reconstructive surgery, her cancer was found to have spread.

She died just six weeks after learning her cancer was terminal.

Jon said: “I’ve been involved when club members and Lynzie’s friends and family have staged events for Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) and I started to think I wanted to do something for the charity myself.

“I know DCCF helped Lynzie financially when she was too ill to work and so I started thinking about what I could do which might help other families who are struggling.”

Jon came up with the idea of growing a beard whilst chatting to other Social Club members.

He said: “Lynzie’s best friend Jodie said she would sponsor me. So on September 29th I stopped shaving for three months and started collecting sponsors.”

Social Club member and DCCF Ambassador Gwen Dale said: “Jon soon started to get pretty hairy and I’m sure he won’t mind me saying but he started to look more and more scruffy as time went on!

“But he stuck to his guns and the money started mounting up until it reached £470. We are all very proud of him.”

The money will go to DCCF’s High Five campaign which is encouraging people to donate a fiver to help raise £250,000 for grants for Dorset cancer patients in 2019.

Eve Went, founder of DCCF said: “We were thrilled to hear about Jon’s ‘hair-raising’ event.

“The Bearwood Social Club members are a fabulous bunch of people who are remembering their lovely Lynzie in the most giving way possible – by helping other local people with cancer.

“I’m sure she would be thrilled to know how much she was loved and what people are doing for others in her name.”

People can donate a fiver to the DCCF High Five campaign by texting: DCCF00 £5 to 70070.”

You can also donate online at: https://www.justgiving.com

DCCF would also like to hear from Dorset cancer patients who might need its support. An application is simple and if successful, financial help is available very quickly. Details of how to apply for grants and become a supporter of DCCF can be found at: www.dccf.co.uk

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