Cancer survivor and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Catering staff member shaves hair for Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity

Posted on: Thursday 22 Jul 2021

A member of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust (HDFT) Hospital Catering Team and former cancer patient is helping to raise money for Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity (HHCC).

Wendy Pullan, who has worked for of HDFT for 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33.

Wendy had lost her mother to breast cancer at 14 and after finding a lump she knew she needed to attend a cancer screening.

After being referred to HDFT and undergoing five years of ongoing treatment, she received the all clear.

20 years after her first diagnosis, doctors found three tumours during a routine check-up and Wendy was once again diagnosed with breast cancer.

After her second diagnosis, Wendy made the decision to have an operation to remove both of her breasts.

Wendy said, “The most difficult thing was telling the kids, I just wanted everyone to be normal and treat me the same, like nothing had changed. This is how I dealt with it.”

Fast forward 33 years, Wendy is shaving her head to raise awareness of breast cancer in both men and women. She now wants something to give back; raising money to support those who are going through similar experiences as she has.

Sammy Lambert, Business Development, Charity and Volunteer Manager said ” We are delighted that Wendy is wishing to support HHCC after her ordeal. I would like to say thank you to Wendy and let her know we are so grateful for the donations. The money raised will really help make a difference to staff working in the trust as well as patients who are receiving treatment.”

Wendy will be taking on the challenge in Herriots Restaurant on Friday 6 August at 1:15pm

Please see the link below where you can donate to support her cause:




Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity

Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity is the Charity for Harrogate District Hospital and Community Health Services. The Charity raises funds to help do more for local patients and their families when they need it most. They fund specialist equipment, training and services over and above what the NHS provides, and  raise funds for individual departments and services and the charity as a whole. To support Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity, visit

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