Droylsden salon to launch wig-fitting service for cancer patients
Wednesday 5th July 2017 @ 14:40 by Tom Greggan
Community Droylsden News Tameside

A salon in Droylsden is extending its community programme by offering free treatments to cancer patients.

Tropical Palms’ ‘Community Cutz’ scheme already offers free haircuts to Tameside’s over-60s and the team are now offering wig-fitting services to people who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

Staff at the new unit had been working with Action Together Tameside to find a business in the community willing to offer the provision when Tropical Palms stepped in. Owner Wayne Coyle and his partner Laura Moran say they’re delighted to be launching the service.

Wayne said: “We’re honoured to have been given the huge responsibility to make sure the people would like to receive these treatments do so in a nice, loving, friendly place. We’ve got a family member suffering with cancer so it is a cause close to our hearts. We want everyone to know that our main driving force behind this is to make sure that people have got the right services in the right place delivered by the right people.”

Patient feedback was at the heart of the decision to take the service into the community in a warm, non-clinical environment. David Banks, from the Macmillan Support and Information Centre, said they’ve found the right people to deliver. “Straight away from meeting Wayne and Laura, we could see their passion and enthusiasm for this service,” he said.

“It was always something that was on their radar so two interests met at the same time. I saw that there was a need there and I saw that Wayne and Laura at Tropical Palms were very interested in meeting that need and providing it in the same way that people described to me; something that would make clients feel better about themselves.

“It is difficult, especially for ladies, losing your hair, having treatment, your body and appearance changing. The outward signs of appearance can make a huge impact on people and their emotional well-being. This service has the opportunity not just to help with the wig-fitting side of things but to actually lift the person and make them feel better about themselves.”

The salon on Chappell Road will soon be receiving referrals from the Tameside Macmillan Cancer Unit and Wayne says staff at Tropical Palms are looking forward to getting started. He said: “When David approached us about what the needs are, we knew that we could meet those needs immediately because we’ve already been doing that for the last two years with the community cuts, providing services to our elderly residents and also residents from groups that need these services. It’s just a no-brainer for us to push forward and continue with what we’ve been doing.”