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Brave Jazz shaves head for CLAN

A brave girl who was diagnosed with cancer when she was four-years-old has said thank you for the help of a north-east cancer support charity by taking part in a unique fundraising event.

Jazmyn Jeffrey, from Aberdeen, has raised over £2,000 for CLAN Cancer Support by having her hair shaved off to show her appreciation for the support the charity gave her throughout her treatment for leukaemia.

The 11-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2006 after taking ill during a family holiday in Spain. Now four years on since her successful treatment, Jazmyn has continued to attend free support sessions specifically for children at the charity’s CLAN House headquarters.

To say thanks and to help raise funds and awareness for the charity, the brave youngster decided to take part in a sponsored head shave, growing her hair especially for the event.

Jazmyn explained: “Throughout and after my treatment, I’ve been attending support sessions at CLAN that are held for children who have had cancer or know someone with cancer and I found them a massive help in my recovery from leukaemia.

“The charity has also been very supportive of my whole family, helping them to relax and understand the different processes of my treatment.

“Whilst I was undergoing my treatment, I lost my hair as a result of the chemotherapy but I tried to never let it faze me. I never let it get me down and I’m happy that I can now give something back to the people that have helped me so much.

“I’d like to thank my family and friends for donating so generously and it’s great that I’ve managed to raise this amount for charity.”

The head shave was carried out by hairdresser Estelle Robb, who supports clients at the recently opened hair salon within CLAN House. The salon is designed to help clients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments.

Jazmyn’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.

Susan Crighton, fundraising manager at CLAN, said: “What Jazmyn did was extremely brave and we are entirely grateful for what she has done and the money she has raised for CLAN. Jazmyn has overcome so much in her life already at such a young age and she really is an inspiration for everyone.

“We have a number of free services here at CLAN that are specific to children who are experiencing cancer or have family or friends who have and I urge anyone who thinks their child would benefit from our help to get in touch.”

Donations for Jazmyn’s head shave are still being accepted and can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/Jazmyn-Jeffrey

For more information on CLAN and the services it provides, please contact CLAN House on 01224 647000 or email enquiries@clanhouse.org

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please call (01224) 647 000 or visit www.clanhouse.org

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