Cancer charity set up by mum and daughter donates anti-hair loss cap to hospital

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Cancer charity set up by mum and daughter donates anti-hair loss cap to hospital

The piece of equipment is a special scalp-cooling cap which helps prevent hair loss for chemotherapy patients

Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie, founders of Future Dreams
Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie, founders of Future Dreams

A breast cancer charity founded by a Jewish mother and her daughter after suffering the effects of cancer is to donate a cap designed to prevent hair loss in chemotherapy patients to a hospital.

The charity, called Future Dreams, will give the equipment to North Middlesex Hospital next week, which helps prevent hair loss for chemotherapy patients.

The machine is a scalp cooling cap made from silicone which alleviates damage caused to the hair follicle by chemotherapy by ensuring it remains at a constant temperature.

“This is truly wonderful news,” said Dr Fharat Raja, consultant medical oncologist at North Middlesex Hospital.

“I can’t thank Future Dreams and the trustees enough for this hugely generous donation.”

“The patients at the North Middlesex Hospital will be delighted to have the option of preserving their hair and it is also fantastic for the staff to be able to offer patients the best supportive care.”

Future Dreams founders, the mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie, set up the charity in 2008 following their diagnoses.

The idea was hatched around a kitchen table where a group of Leslie’s friends had come together to raise money for breast cancer research.

Leslie passed away from secondary breast cancer at the age of 40 just months after her mum lost her battle against incurable lung cancer in 2009 at the age of 60.

Leslie is survived by her husband Spencer, who remains a trustee of the charity, and their three children, Ben, Joe and Amy.

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