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Going bald and staying strong for my dear friend Nic

Tracie Winslow, aged 38 from Melksham, shaved off her head for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign in memory of her dear friend Nicola Robinson aged 28 from Melksham, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday 15th March 2013, just 11 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Tracie has raised over £3,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Tracie shaved off all her hair on 23rd March in The Pilot pub in Melksham, where crowds of family and friends turned up to support both Tracie and Nic Robinson’s family.Tracie, a Manager at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Melksham, met Nic Robinson 5 years ago, through a mutual friend. After meeting up to organise a trip to Butlins and chatting about their families, they soon discovered their dads were cousins and in fact the two girls were related. From then on, their friendship grew stronger and their families became closer.

Tracie says: “The fundraising evening was amazing. Ness from the Base Beauty Salon in Melksham shaved off all my hair and the hair was sent to the Little Princess Trust to make a wig for a little girl who has lost her hair to cancer treatment. We did 28 bunches, one to signify each year that Nic was alive.

I couldn’t believe all the support I got from family, friends and even customers from my shop, it was emotional having it done! It was a very special evening and one I’ll never forget. People have been so kind and are still donating now. I was amazed to reach £1,000, so to reach over £3,000 has been truly overwhelming. So many people have supported me over the last 5 weeks, especially my best friend Sarah Rivers, Dawn Bailey, my parents, my son and my husband.

I would love to dedicate three walls for the Appeal’s BE A BRICK scheme, in Nic Robertson’s name. It would be one for each of her gorgeous children.”

This exciting new ‘Be a Brick’ scheme gives the general public the opportunity to ‘Be a Brick!’ and ‘Buy a Brick, Row or Wall’ to help raise funds to build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital.  In return for purchasing a virtual brick at the cost of £10 each, donors will receive a ‘Be a Brick’ certificate and acknowledgement letter.  If donors choose to purchase a virtual ‘Row’ for £100 or ‘Wall’ for £1000, they will receive a certificate together with an acknowledgement of their chosen name within the design of the new Cancer Centre.

Following Nic’s diagnosis in April 2011, both Nic and her mother Bev Viveash of Melksham became loyal supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal.

Together they organised a summer party in 2012 and raised almost £2000 for the Campaign and from then on Bev has continued to support the cause, by joining the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group.

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser at the Appeal comments: “All family and friends of Nicola Robinson have been true assets our charity. With joint efforts of Tracie and Bev, their enthusiasm and commitment to the Campaign has been inspiring. Thank you for everything you have both done for us, we couldn’t do it without you.”

Bev is joined by nine others once a month at the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group meetings. The team are very busy organising fun events in the Chippenham, Melksham and Calne areas.

Bev comments: “I am looking forward to getting stuck into fundraising in Chippenham, Calne and Melksham and raising people’s awareness of this important Campaign. Our next event is the ‘Lacock Family Treasure Trial’ on Saturday 13th July 2013 –take your treasure map out for the morning and explore the beautiful landscapes of Lacock and celebrate after with refreshments and a raffle at the George pub in Lacock at 3pm. To join in on the Trial, please contact Zoe at the Forever Friends Appeal on 01225 825825”

If anyone would like to join the Chippenham Cancer Care Fundraising Group, please contact Zoe on 01225 825825 or zoe.tainton@nhs.net