Wig scheme gives ladies a head start

Some of the project volunteers pictured with Jill Lauder.
Some of the project volunteers pictured with Jill Lauder.

Forth Valley cancer patients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy are getting a helping hand.

A ‘‘Feel Good’’ scheme has been set up to supply free recycled wigs together with mini-make-over sessions.

Local people and businesses have also been making cakes and sandwiches to help raise money.

The project is the brainchild of Jill Lauder, the owner of a hair salon, and is backed by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jill has appealed for anyone who has a wig they no longer use, to hand it in for washing and re-styling.

She is open on the first Monday of every month for patients across Forth Valley to go along and have a wig fitted. This is in addition to the NHS wig service.

Jill explained: “We need wigs in different styles and this project has created a whole new community spirit.

‘‘I’ve lost friends to cancer and this is my way of giving something back.

‘‘We are running the project with the support of Forth Valley’s Macmillan One-to-One service and our aim is to make women feel better at what can be a very challenging time.’’

Those taking part in the project have also raised £900 for the NHS Forth Valley Macmillan One-to-One endowment fund.