A hairdresser from Kirk Hallam has set up a designer wig-making charity to help patients, including children, who have lost their hair due to illnesses including cancer.
Cassie Coombes explained that hair loss through chemotherapy treatment, alopecia, or stress can lead to depression, loss of self-esteem and embarrassment.
Now she is setting up Patient Hair – where mobile stylist Cassie, 27, can tailor-make good quality wigs for sufferers, worth between £100 to £200.
She said: “I’ve wanted to go into helping people to make them feel better about themselves.
“The idea is to do this for men, women and children - there’s not a lot out there.
“I want it to go national, hopefully it won’t just be in the local area.”
Wigs are available on the NHS, but they are not always good quality, she explained.
Patient Hair will cut the wigs, made using real hair, to suit the client as if they were having their hair styled.
She said: “When you are having chemotherapy, you are under a lot of stress – you are not feeling well
“But to lose your hair is unbelievable at that time.
“This can help children, men and women at a tough time.”
They are in the process of registering Patient Hair as a charity and are about to set up a website.
They are hosting an official launch event at Risley Park Function Rooms, on Sunday June 30, when proceeds from a ball and auction will go to setting up the charity.
Tickets are £50. For more information call Cassie on 07581 087056.
When it gets up and running they plan to place posters and calling cards in hospitals and GP surgeries around the county.