Isla gets the chop and raises £740

Isla Bamforth
Isla Bamforth

Schoolgirl Isla Bamforth has had her waist length hair cut off in memory of her grandfather.

The Tollgate School pupil has also raised £740 for the Eastbourne Prostate Cancer Support Group.

The group has been raising money for a quiet room at Eastbourne’s District General Hospital and members say Isla’s donation will help it become a reality.

Isla asked her friends and family to sponsor her when she had her long hair cut off in September shortly before her 11th birthday.

Both her grandfathers have been affected by prostate cancer. Thankfully her paternal grandfather Bob Cutting went to see his GP early after his symptoms appeared and has recovered well following treatment.

Graham Hatfield of the Eastbourne PCaSO Group said he was pleased to learn plans for the quiet room are now quickly progressing at the hospital.

He said, “The room will afford a greater degree of privacy for when patients are informed of the outcome of prostate and other investigations. It will provide space to discuss and ask questions about treatment options and plans.”

The next meeting of the group is on Thursday December 13 at 7pm in the Post Graduate Centre, Eastbourne District General Hospital, when consultant oncologist Dr Mckinna will give an update on plans for the new radiotherapy services in Eastbourne. PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network is a support organisation for Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset. It is a charity managed entirely by volunteers, many of whom are prostate cancer patients.

The services are available to all who may be affected by or concerned about prostate cancer – patients, families and friends.

For further details contact Graham on 749258 or e-mail or visit