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April 4 2014

Three sisters from Newhaven have raised more-than £5000 for Cancer Research after shaving-off their hair.

Following a fund-raising event at The Ship in Newhaven last November, event organiser Sam Wyatt and sisters Helen and Kelly have raised a total of £5026.98 for the charity; which they handed over on March 15th.

Said Sam: “I never dreamt when I suggested I shaved my hair off that we would receive such support from so many people and raise so much money. When my sister Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in three years, I felt I wanted to do something to raise awareness and raise some money for Cancer Research.

“Denise has been through so much and I wanted to focus on doing something positive and give something back. My sisters Helen and Kelly, and I, all decided to show our support and shave our hair off. On the evening, 10 more brave people had their hair shaved-off too; all in aid of Cancer Research. We were totally overwhelmed by the amount of people who came along to show their support - Newhaven really came together that night and it was amazing to see!

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising the event with us and also thank all the businesses who donated to the raffle and supported us in other ways too. Without your support the event would not have been as successful. The biggest thank you goes to all the people who sponsored all of us and donated, which together with some other fund-raising, made the total amount raised over £5,000. This is an amazing amount of money for Cancer Research UK and their continued research into such a terrible disease.”

Jessica Blake, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager for Brighton, said: “Sam and her sisters are an absolute inspiration and we can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication.

“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. Thousands of UK women - and hundreds of men - are now breast cancer survivors thanks to advances in research. We have been at the heart of this progress and continue to be a major funder of breast cancer research, working towards a day when we beat breast cancer, for good.

“Our work has underpinned today’s treatments for the disease and helped save thousands of lives. Eight out of 10 women now survive breast cancer for more than five years, compared with five out of 10 women in the 1970s. And the chances of long-term survival are improving all the time.

“Without supporters like Sam and her sisters, we could not continue to make progress such as this. On behalf of Cancer Research UK, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making this such a fantastic success.”