Aunt raises £1,000 for hospital by dyeing hair

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A WORTHING pensioner has raised more than £1,000 for Worthing Hospital by dying her hair pink.

Jean Blaker,70, of Heathfield Close, Worthing, wanted to do something to mark the life of her niece Deborah Lewington, who died of breast cancer earlier this year.

She said: “My dear niece sadly passed away after fighting her cancer for nine years, on August 31. Her wish was for everyone to wear an item of pink at her funeral so I thought why not dye my hair.

“Everyone agreed to sponsor me and to make a donation for Debbie’s good cause which she has always supported through her lifetime.

“I never thought in a month of Sundays that I would have pink hair.

“Being 70 years old I got the odd remarks but it was well worth it for the money we raised.

“Deborah will be sadly missed by Dino her husband, her family and friends and will never be forgotten.

“It was because she was loved by so many people that I was able to raise so much money.

“Thank you to everyone for keeping Debbie’s dreams alive.

“I had done some fund raising while she was alive and will continue to do it because it is such a good cause.

“Worthing Hospital have got a new breast cancer unit so they need every penny that they can get.

“It is brilliant to have raised that amount of money, I did not think I was going to get anywhere near that. I was helped by Debbie’s sister in law Maria who made £325 with a collection, and other people sponsored me and made donations.”