Hitchin woman diagnosed with cancer joins charity that helped her

Jasmin Gupta, founder of Cancer Hair Care, with Sara Vincent

Jasmin Gupta, founder of Cancer Hair Care, with Sara Vincent - Credit: Archant

A WOMAN who was diagnosed with cancer has not only recovered from the disease but ended up working for a charity that helped her.

Enterprising Mums – a Hitchin-based networking group for mothers who are businesswomen – is organising a charity ball to raise money for Cancer Hair Care, a Stevenage-based charity which supports women suffering from hair loss through cancer treatment.

Sara Vincent, from Hitchin, was 34 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now 38, she said: “I was in the best physical shape I had been since my teens, I was running regularly, doing a 10k run and a couple of 5k runs each week.

“I think probably everyone who finds a lump remembers it vividly. It was half-term, the kids were driving me mad so I went up for a bath.

“Something made me think. I did checks regularly but I hadn’t done one for ages and that was when I found the lump.

“I contacted my GP straight away and went for tests. I remember being very defensive, with my arms crossed. I think I knew what it was going to be. Women know their bodies.”

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As part of her treatment, Sara was referred to Cancer Hair Care. Three years on, she now works as a hair loss adviser for the charity and runs a clinic at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

The mother-of-three said: “The ladies who come through the clinic say it is reassuring to talk to someone who has gone through it.”

The Great Gatsby-themed ball is being held next Saturday, September 7, at Hitchin Priory and is supported by the Comet.

Tickets are £60, or £55 each for a table of 10, and include a three-course meal and a welcome drink. Email events@enterprising-mums.co.uk or call Kerry on 07973 614749.

For more information about Cancer Hair Care, visit www.cancerhaircare.co.uk