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Kathy needs wigs to help children

Cancer sufferer Kathy Woodyatt is appealing for children’s wigs so she can help youngsters who have lost their hair.

Kathy, 50, from Newbridge-on-Wye, loans wigs free of charge to other women who have lost their hair through cancer treatments and other illnesses. She now wants to extend her service for children.

The Recycle Your Wig loan service started two years ago when Kathy lost her hair after treatment for lung cancer.

She said: “For a woman, losing your hair means a loss of dignity. I was so shocked when my hair started coming out and it knocked my confidence.

“When I found a decent wig it gave my confidence a boost and generally gave me a lift.

“Now I’d like to help children. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time.”

Kathy has about 60 wigs in a selection of colours, styles and lengths, which she hires out free of charge. She is now appealing for donations of children’s wigs.

Mother-of-two Heidi Wilson, from Llandrindod Wells, who has been helped by the service, said: “I lost my hair to chemotherapy as a result of breast cancer treatment.

“I’d heard through the Bracken Trust that Kathy did a wig recycling scheme and that seemed like a good idea.

“Usually with cancer treatment, hair grows back so you only need a wig for bit.”

Kathy has put up posters in GP surgeries and the local branch of the cancer support charity the Bracken Trust and left postcards in shops.

She added: “The response has been amazing.”

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