Awareness campaign for ovarian cancer as Peggy battles disease

TREATS Emily Carpenter, Jo Nichol, Debbie Hulbert, Ellis Rashleigh, Danielle Ivemey and Claudia Brown have been selling sweets in the salon to raise money for charity. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13808-825)
TREATS Emily Carpenter, Jo Nichol, Debbie Hulbert, Ellis Rashleigh, Danielle Ivemey and Claudia Brown have been selling sweets in the salon to raise money for charity. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13808-825)

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THERE was sweet success as a community rallied round to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

Businesses in Emsworth raised money for the charity Ovacome, after being moved by the brave story of Peggy Sparks.

The upbeat 72-year-old has been fighting the disease for the last year, but doctors have now told her the cancer is inoperable.

Peggy’s daughter Debbie Hulbert, 51, organised the fundraising at her hairdressing shop, Charter Cutting Company, in High Street, Emsworth.

Hairdressers swapped their scissors for spoons as they whipped up home-made sweets and sold them at the shop.

Businesses, including The Crown Hotel and Driftwood Cafe, donated prizes for a raffle.

The event raised £580 for Ovacome.

Senior stylist Danielle Ivemey, 22, said: ‘We all made something. Some of the girls made fudge and lollipops.

‘They even tried to make honeycomb, but that didn’t go too well!

‘It was really good. The atmosphere was lovely and all the clients were really supportive.’

Debbie, who has been raising money for breast cancer for the past 27 years, said: ‘March was ovarian cancer awareness month, but when I went round to a lot of the businesses, they did not know.

‘That’s the problem. So much is done for breast cancer, bowel cancer and even prostate cancer.

‘It normally takes a woman four visits to a GP before they diagnose ovarian cancer.

‘The symptoms are similar to lots of things women experience on a daily basis.’

More fundraising will take place later this year when hairdresser Jo Nichol, 43, from Emsworth, and her husband Tim take part in the Hayling to Holland bike ride.

Peggy, who lives in Fareham, said she was overwhelmed by people’s support.

She said: ‘Debbie is my rock. She’s the sort of person who would do anything for anyone.’

Debbie praised Queen Alexandra Hospital.

She added: ‘They have been amazing. The oncology team are incredible.’