A SUNDERLAND woman is determined to use her new business venture to help in the fight against cancer.
Lyndsay Thompson, 35, from Hylton Castle, recently opened Glam Hair and Beauty Salon on The Green at Southwick.
Having battled against the disease, she wants to help others, and sees her new business as a great way to do it.
Lyndsay was diagnosed with cervical cancer three years ago, and needed a life-saving hysterectomy.
The illness was discovered during a routine smear test, and the mother of two admits it was a life-changing experience.
“My youngest son Sam was just weeks old when the cancer was discovered,” she said. “It was devastating news, and I have to say that my husband Graeme, my oldest son Ben, now 15, my family and friends were brilliant.
“The operation meant that we wouldn’t be able to have any more kids, which was heartbreaking, but thankfully, it worked.”
Since recovering, Lyndsay has done a sponsored abseil to raise cash for cancer charities, and plans to run the Great North Run.
She took redundancy from Sunderland City Council, where she had worked for seven years and opened Glam.
“It’s a big change for me, but I’m hoping it’s going to be a success,” Lyndsay added. “I’m very grateful for all the help and support I’ve received, and looking forward to a new chapter in my life.”