Leeming volunteer making a difference to those fighting cancer

WA Volunteer of the Year  nominee Christine Bilsborough.
WA Volunteer of the Year nominee Christine Bilsborough.

CHRISTINE Bilsborough is waiting with a “blanket of protection” for many people on their cancer journey.

The Leeming local has coupled her professional experience as a beauty therapist and teacher to support patients at Cancer Council WA’s Wig Service and the Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) program for the better part of two decades.

Her role with the LGFB program is to improve the confidence and wellbeing of patients, while her aim at the Shenton Park wig service is to pair clients with a wig, turban, cap or scarf, which is loaned for free during their treatment.

“It’s so much more than just a wig or turban to them – it’s a blanket of protection that brings some sense of normalcy back into their lives,” Ms Bilsborough said.

She said she loved helping patients feel some happiness and confidence in their appearance.

“For many women, losing their hair is one of the worst things they go through when receiving treatment,” she said.

“They can put their makeup on and get dressed up, but without their hair they don’t feel like everybody else.”

But Ms Bilsborough can also empathise with many of her clients.

In 2016 she battled thyroid cancer and recently learned she had lymphoma of the eye, with radiotherapy treatment starting soon.

Despite her own diagnosis, Christine said she would return to the Wig Service as soon as she could.

Her selfless work recently has earned her a WA Volunteer of the Year nomination.

She will find out if she takes home the Spirit of Volunteering award on May 24.

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