Tanya Tinkler, owner of Salon Rouge in Penrith took on the challenge recently of raising money to help a customer in need, when she found out their husband had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Kevin Lee, 47 from Penrith was diagnosed with a low grade brain tumour after having 2 seizures at work in April 2013. After an operation in May 2014, Kevin was told he had a very aggressive grade 4 tumour called glioblastoma multiforme, that there was no cure and all that could be done at that stage was to prolong his life.
Since, Kevin has undergone various treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and as a result his right hand side does not work properly, he has had even more seizures and lost his appetite.
Kevin’s wife Julie and two daughters have been clients of Salon Rouge for several years and when Tanya and her team heard about what the family were going through, they wanted to see if there was anything they could do to help.
“I contacted the family when I found out how ill Kevin was and asked if there was anything that they would like to do as a family, if there was anything they needed to make life any easier, and to see if they were happy for me to do some fundraising to help them.”
Kevin now needs 24 hour care from Julie, who has taken time off work to look after him. He can’t walk without support and uses a wheelchair when out of the house. Through their conversations Tanya found out that they really needed a stair lift, and so the team at Salon Rouge took on the challenge to raise vital funds. Over the past month Salon Rouge has raised £2103.45 which will go towards the stair lift; ensuring his time at home remains as normal and easy as possible.
To raise money for the stair lift, Tanya initially posted a status on the Salon Rouge Facebook business page about Kevin and what the team had set out to do, which was viewed by over 8800 people. They held a two day cake sale at the salon on the 6th and 7th of February, people gave cash donations and they also held a raffle in which they had over 30 prizes donated towards their fundraising mission.
Since posting the information on Facebook, Hastings Wagons also managed to raise £1,700 and another of Tanya’s customers who felt passionate about helping, held a darts night and auction and raised even more money. Kevin’s wife Julie works at Brunswick Road School who also held a non-uniform day to help raise money and The Great Salkeld Miniature Motorcycle Club also made a kind donation towards the stair lift.