There are many ways to raise money for Macmillan. For Paul, whose wife Sharmane was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, his idea involved asking friends, colleagues and well-wishers to don a wig and take a selfie. #wigsforsharmane raised nearly £7,000 in recognition of those who lose their hair through treatment.
‘Sharmane was worried about losing her hair which started to fall out rapidly with chemo. A friend who runs a hair salon gave her some wigs – Sharmane was self conscious about them so one day before we went to the day unit at Milton Keynes Hospital for chemo I went upstairs and put one on to lighten the mood. We took a photo and put it on Facebook. As a result of a friend’s comment about #wigsforsharmane, it became a fundraiser for Macmillan.’
Paul’s fundraising didn’t end with wigs though. ‘I’m doing the Chilterns Mighty Hike on my 39th birthday with my best friend Andrew,’ explains Paul. Sure enough, on 25 July 2015 he tackled the 28-mile route from Henley-on-Thames to Oxford and has so far raised over £1,000 for Macmillan.
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