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Tutor raises money for Huntingdon Charity

A tutor from Cambridge Regional College has had her hair shaved to raise funds for a local cancer charity.

Avril Watts, a Learning Support Mentor at the College’s Huntingdon Campus, is raising money for the Hunts Community Cancer Network Charity (HCCN) which works in conjunction with Hinchingbrooke Hospital to provide before and after care for cancer patients.

Run by volunteers, HCCN works alongside the home-based HCCN nursing service, helping people who are recovering from or living with cancer in the Hunts community to take back their lives and play an active part in managing their health. The charity provides home care and support for patients with questions and anxieties and has recently started free yoga classes in various locations to help with patients’well-being for body and mind.

Avril has had cancer on two previous occasions and after attending free yoga lessons in Ramsey, and discovering the great work the charity is doing, she is now keen to make sure their services are accessible to other cancer patients in the local area.

With no government funding, HCCN has to rely totally on donations and Avril underwent the head shave to raise funds and awareness for the charity. 

“When I had breast cancer in 2006 and 2016 there was no provision for this type of care and all my nursing care was provided by the hospital programme at Hinchingbrooke and Addenbrookes. HCCN is an amazing organisation that offers specialist care to cancer sufferers and the free yoga lessons have certainly provided a calming effect on me, helping to overcome my anxieties”.

Avril raised £125 on the day and donations can still be made via the Justgiving site – She aims to continue her fundraising efforts and hopes to raise as much money as she can to support this worthy cause.

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