Whilst receiving chemotherapy treatment at Darent Valley, Christine used the scalp cooling machines. Having read how it was an effective way of combating hair loss during treatment, for Chris this meant an opportunity to regain some self-control, maintain her looks, and have a more positive attitude towards her treatment. Chris never lost her hair and talked about raising awareness and helping to raise funds to purchase scalp cooling machines for others.

2021/22 would have been Christine’s 60th birthday and John and his family decided to hold a series of fundraising events, including a 370-mile virtual bike ride to Maryport in Cumbria, where Chris was born, a cup-cake sale, a charity day, head shave event, sponsored runs and finishing with a Charity Ball. John and his family raised awareness and over £11,000, enough to purchase a double Paxman Scalp Cooler Machine, with a configuration of caps and all accessories for Pine Unit.

A huge thank you to John and his family and all who supported them. We are extremely grateful for this equipment to improve the care for future patients; and a lovely way to celebrate Christine's life.