Residents meeting at Eagle House have rallied round to help raise sponsorship for a unit treating cancer sufferers.
Eagle House Fighting Cancer has been started by 44-year-old Vanessa Lewis who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She will be shortly starting six months of chemotherapy at the Haematology and Oncology Unit at St Michael’s Hospital which she is raising money for.
In January her skittles team Barrs Eagles held a sponsored head shave at their home turf at the hands of hairdresser Wayne Rundell. Local people at the social club in Newquay Road also supported the cause with donations and buying supporters’ caps and raffle tickets.
Former outreach worker Vanessa says: “My hair’s going to go anyway so I may as well do it for a cause. The team all wanted their heads shaved so we could do some fundraising for the people who do the hard work for those suffering from cancer… I want to thank Eagle House Community Association and all those who supported us.”
Her father Barry Lewis (71) is a member of the skittles team and on the Eagle House committee.
He says: “There’s eight of us having our heads shaved and we are doing it for my daughter and for all the people who can’t shout about it to raise money for cancer. I had to do something for her and I’m there for all those going up to chemotherapy at St Michael’s Hospital…”
Money raised so far is nearly £1,000. Anyone who wants to donate to Eagle House Fighting Cancer can give the money to Eagle House Community Association in Newquay Road, Knowle West.