Two strangers-turned-friends unite for charity haircut
Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 23:24 by Adam Higgins
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Two strangers who became friends on train journeys to work have helped boost Cancer Research UK.

For Jayne Greenall and Wendy Misell suddenly realised they had more in common than supporting Manchester City.

Jayne’s mum Meg Brickell, from Glossop’s Ladybower Court, had lost her brave fight against cancer five years ago.

While Wendy had overcome a 10 hour operation in May after contracting the rare appendix cancer, goblet carciniod.

Talk on the Glossop to Manchester commuter run switched from City to how they could raise cash for Cancer Research.

A head shave proved the popular choice and on Saturday, Jayne found herself in a chair at Glossop town centre’s Eden Hairdressing, with her son Billy’s partner Chelsea McNamara ready with the scissors.

However it was Wendy who completed the headshave under the watchful eye of Chelsea, with her daughter Emily assisting.

Ben, of The Old Stables Photography Studio, Glossop, captured everything from the first cut to the last.

Jayne, 54, who lives in St. Charles Close, Hadfield, said: “I wanted to do something for Cancer Research in memory of my Mum who did so much for so many people and I felt the time was now right.”

Watching Chelsea giving Jayne a ‘number two’ cut was Wendy who was supporting her friend all the way.

Wendy had every reason in the world to help The Christie after a pain in the abdomen earlier this year,  turned into something  far worse.

The 50-year-old, who works in Stockport and lives near Glossop town centre, was told she had cancer in March after an operation for appendicitis in Tameside Hospital.

A piece of the appendix was sent away for analysis and Wendy received the chilling news that she needed a far more major operation.

She said: “They told me I had got goblet carciniod which is a very rare form of cancer and things started to move very quickly.

“In May I was in Christie Hospital to have a 10 hour operation, which involved no less than 14 surgeons.”

It also involved a new type of chemotherapy which could be a boon for thousands of sufferers of certain kinds of cancers.

Treatment is via the stomach, side affects are dramatically reduced, and there is no hair loss.

All of which means that Wendy is back at work looking and feeling just great only months after being diagnosed with the rare condition.

Wendy, who two weeks ago learned that she was cancer free, said: “I feel a bit tired but that’s all.”

Looking back, Wendy who spent time in isolation after the operation, is grateful to so many people, to the team at The Christie, and her mother Dorothy, who helped nurse her back to health.

Jayne is just happy the conversation in the carriage helped bring in so much money in memory of her mum.

The one-time commuters no longer travel together, as Jayne still works in Manchester, but they and their families have become great friends.

They have so far raised £1,000, twice the initial target.

If you want to donate go to www.justgiving/jayne-greenall.

By David Jones