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Hairdresser helps cancer patients

Trevor Sorbie (l) Claire Colgan (m)  Sally Stevens (r)
The aim is to train up a network of hairdressers across the UK

International hair stylist Trevor Sorbie has visited Bristol to lend support to one of his latest proteges.

He hopes to train hairdressers to cut and style wigs for women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy.

One of the first hairdressers to join his challenge is Sally Stevens who works at Central Studio in Bristol.

Her mother had cancer and her illness encouraged Ms Stevens to learn wig-cutting so she could help other women who have lost their hair.

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The four-time British Hairdresser of the Year's initiative has been called My New Hair.

The aim is to train up a network of hairdressers across the UK so that women in need can travel to them easily.

Mr Sorbie is also in the process of introducing information leaflets to hospitals to help women when they are first diagnosed.

He came to Bristol to visit Ms Stevens at her salon, and to work with one of her clients, Claire Colgan.

Ms Colgan, 52, and from Bristol, was diagnosed with breast cancer last August. She lost her hair when chemotherapy sessions started, and was unhappy with the fit and feel of her first wig.

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