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The BIG wig bash!

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Thea Wig Bash

Thea Wilson has triumphed again with her second Wig Bash, raising funds for Leukaemia CARE, The O’Conner Haematology Unit and Ward 23 at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Thea, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APML) back in 2014, was host to her second consecutive Wig Bash on Saturday 21st May which turned out to be a roaring success. Thea told us: “ the Wig Bash was an event I dreamed up in my head after a week of being in my isolation room, it was colour on a dark day.”

The charity evening involved guests adorning an array of colourful wigs from fuchsia curls to rainbow mohicans all in aid of charity. Alongside the spectacle of multi-coloured wigs, a 42- itemed auction ensured guests were generously parting with their pounds. A huge array of prizes was sure to get the bids going with everything from a scrumptious cookery class, a Pony Party for children and even a wood burning stove up for auction.

And it’s not only Thea who has fundraised for us, her brother, Jody Wilson ran the London Marathon earlier this year in aid of our charity, raising £3900. In its first year, Thea’s Wig Bash raised an admirable £7,500 and in total she has raised over £14,000 so far with some of her total kindly donated to Leukaemia CARE.

Joining forces with friend Peter Murray, who had himself, been diagnosed with APML, the pair took it in their stride to source the auction donations and threw themselves into the organising. Thea said: “organising the event is a huge distraction from your daily thoughts of leukaemia”.

Alongside the impressive auction selection, The Wig Bash also included two raffles and an array of delicious food and nibbles for guests. Thea, who featured in our Winter 2015 edition of Journey, hosted her first Wig Bash within only six weeks of completing her treatment for APML. Now in her second year of hosting the event, Thea explained “I am now part of a collaboration of amazing people. My friends are truly amazing!”

Admirably staying positive is something Thea has mastered even throughout her treatment, and since going into remission has climbed two of the UK’s biggest mountains as well as her successful fundraising events. With more fundraising on the horizon, Thea is already bubbling with ideas for next year, she told us “next year’s planning starts soon and it’s got to be a big one”.

If you’re feeling inspired and would like to fundraise for Leukaemia CARE, visit our fundraising pages, here.