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Weʼre raising £30,000 to help towards getting my mom home to Zambia and to pay for ongoing care/medical needs... and I'll be shaving my hair to do it!!


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This page is for my mother, Agnes Duncan, who is currently in ICU in Johannesburg, SouthAfrica. She was medically evacuated there from Zambia on 6 Sep18 following an operation she did not wake up from. The operation was to fix two slipped disks in her neck. Recently we found out that from a lack of oxygen during the operation she suffered a servere stroke that has left her with global hypoxia. This has left her only able to open her eyes.

We want to get mom home to Zambia for a number of reasons;
1. Her Doctors and family feel if there is any chance of recovery it will be at home where she will be happier and more comfortable with her family, animals, familiar sights, sounds and smells.
2. She will be less prone to infections.
3. It costs nearly £2500 a DAY in the ICU and her insurance only covers a limited amount ($500k) that is close to running out and has limitations.

The money raised will pay for medical equipment/support once she is home as well as hospital bills not covered by her insurance due to her policy only covering 90 days on life assisting equipment.

Broken down the money will go towards;
Expenses in the hospital not covered by insurance £2000+
Feeds for home (PEG) £4000
Medical supplies/equipment £6000
Nurses/carers £6000, 4 in a 24hr period.
Batteries & deisel £3000, these are needed due to the frequent load shedding and powercuts in Zambia.
There will also be everyday and ongoing costs not yet budgeted for.

For every £1000 I raise I will cut an inch of hair off. The cut hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust. Their minimum donation is 7 Inches and I have 4 times that.

I know some people would rather I didn't shave my hair so if you're in this group but still want to support us please donate to my moms origional page.

We really appreciate all the support and thank you all for any donations - every little bit helps hugely.

Thank you

The Duncans!

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  • Valerie Duncan15 days ago
    Valerie Duncan

    Valerie Duncan

    15 days ago

    Just to let you all know, we have now purchased pretty much all of the equipment needed, my dad is having to use his credit card :( as we really need the kit now. It is all going on a truck to Zambia on Tuesday and should be there by the following week. I arrive in Zambia on Monday 18th to set it all up then the insurance company are flying her to Zambia hopefully the same week. We will keep trying to raise funds to recover money dad has had to spend and to cover ongoing care costs. Thank you all for your ongoing support. xx

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  • Ismay Susan Breare

    Ismay Susan Breare

    Feb 22, 2019

    Good luck getting your wonderful Mum home 🏡👍😍🍀❤️❤️


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    Feb 21, 2019


  • Tracy Newell

    Tracy Newell

    Feb 20, 2019

    Best Wishes to you all.x


  • Rachel Venter

    Rachel Venter

    Feb 17, 2019



  • Geraldine Richardson

    Geraldine Richardson

    Feb 13, 2019

    Good luck.


  • Anonymous


    Feb 13, 2019

    I hope that you raise so much that you are bald... ;-) Good luck with raising what you need


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I have always said I would shave my hair for the right cause & amount, I just never thought it would be one quite so personal. I've had long hair for as long as I can remember so this will be a drastic change. The last time I had short hair is when I was a little girl at school.

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