Coles staff and friends to lose hair for Leonie

COLES’ Tamworth  Southgate staff are rallying behind a colleague and friend battling breast cancer, losing their locks for the cause.

READY TO SHAVE: Tanya LeGarde, Leonie McConnachie, Ricky Wood in front, and Jack Webster, Vicci Zuiderduin, Corey Muxlow and Colin Lewis who are ready to lose their locks for cancer. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 200514GOB01

READY TO SHAVE: Tanya LeGarde, Leonie McConnachie, Ricky Wood in front, and Jack Webster, Vicci Zuiderduin, Corey Muxlow and Colin Lewis who are ready to lose their locks for cancer. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 200514GOB01

Assistant manager Tanya LeGarde said they all wanted to support Leonie McConnachie and about 10 staff would shave their heads.

Mrs McConnachie has battled cancer before – she was diagnosed with cervical cancer 22 months ago – and is now tackling breast cancer head on.

“Everything is looking good and I’m having chemo before I start ray treatment,” she said.

“Last time I had to go to Newcastle for treatment, so it’s wonderful that we have the cancer centre here now.” 

She said everyone’s support was assisting in her fight against cancer.

“It’s nice when you come in and everybody asks how you are,” Mrs McConnachie said.

“It helps knowing I have such support.” 

Year 12 Tamworth High School student Jack Webster was keen to get involved when he heard of the fundraiser, for reasons close to his heart.

Jack lost his dad to pancreatic cancer last month after he was given six months to live in January.

“He only lasted four-and-a-half months,” he said.

The store aims to raise $2000 between now and June 6 when they will lose their hair, with donations accepted at the store.

On June 6 there will be a cake stall, balloons, sausage sizzle and Jess and James Hair and Makeup will be on hand to do the shaving.

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