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Lincolnshire Wig Bank at risk of closure without new volunteers

A service which provides wigs and support to people experiencing hair loss, may have to close if it can't find new volunteers.

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Lincolnshire Wig Bank is a free service offered by St Barnabas Hospice. It is the only one in the county and has helped more than 450 patients since it opened in 2014.

It provides high quality donated wigs, scarves and caps to those experiencing medical hair loss, as well as advice and support.

The service currently has two hairdressers who volunteer fortnightly, but they have decided to retire so the hospice is looking to replace them.

Clinical Services Manager, Karen McCay said:

We'd ideally like at least two people who are experienced hairdressers, preferably with experience of wigs.

"Many of our patients have gone through treatment, some may have a terminal diagnosis, so it's also important that volunteers have good communication skills, empathy and sensitivity."

– Karen McCay

Jane Fulton-Sutton worked as a nurse at St Barnabas Hospice before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She used the wig clinic herself and said it was one of the best things that happened during that time.

"You get your confidence back, you get your identity back. You can start living your life again without worrying about what you look like."