Hair tribute to tragic young mother who died of bowel cancer

Nicola Kimber had her hair cut off for charity by hairdresser Jo Byrne in memory of her cousin Caroline Arnold, below
Nicola Kimber had her hair cut off for charity by hairdresser Jo Byrne in memory of her cousin Caroline Arnold, below
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THE cousin of a young mum who died tragically of cancer has had her long locks cut off to raise money in her memory.

Caroline Arnold, 37, battled bowel cancer for a year after the birth of her fourth child.

Caroline Arnold deceased pic 1

Caroline Arnold deceased pic 1

Although at first her family were positive she would pull through, she succumbed to the disease in October.

Her cousin Nicola Kimber, of Chaffinch Green, Wecock, said that she felt helpless following Caroline’s death and decided to do something in her memory.

Customers at Ladbrooks, in Cowplain, where Nicola works, agreed to sponsor her to cut her long flowing brunette hair off. Nicola, 25, raised £240 for Cancer Research.

Nicola said: ‘She was diagnosed with cancer last year but it became terminal in September.

‘It meant we only had a short amount of time to come to terms with the fact that we were going to lose her.

‘We have a very big family and this is the first family member we have lost.

‘It’s so heartbreaking because of all the people she has left behind.

‘Even though we knew she was going it was still really hard.

‘Even though we knew she was going it was still really hard.

‘No words can describe how hard it is to see a loved one, so young and with four children, taken away like that.’

Nicola said she wanted to help other people who had been through similar trauma as her family.

She said: ‘My ponytail was 16in long. I had lovely, natural hair which took 14 years to grow. It was sad to say goodbye to it but also a bit overwhelming .

‘I have donated it to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for people who lose their hair.

‘My neck now feels very cold without my hair.’

Caroline began to feel unwell after her son Kian was born last September.

Doctors at first believed it was irritation from scar tissue from caesarean sections.

When her family discovered her illness was terminal they set about raising money to make her last months as happy as possible.

There were fundraising events across Leigh Park which paid for Caroline to have special days out with her partner and children.

Caroline married her partner, Jay Graham, in an emotional ceremony in the final few weeks before her death, in October.