Roz Tranfield on her fundraising for local charities
PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 March 2018
Beauty salon owner has raised thousands of punds for good causes.
The name Roz Tranfield is widely recognised throughout the Wirral. She may have given you a facial at her beauty salon in Wallasey, you may have attended her annual fashion show in aid of Clatterbridge Hospital or it may be you are one of the women mentored by Roz. But one thing is clear: Roz is a pretty remarkable lady.
‘If I am ever nervous, I like to try and distract myself by helping someone else,’ said Roz, when talking about the moment she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. ‘I said to my partner Paddy, I am going to dye my hair pink – and he did it too. That was on New Year’s Eve. We did a photoshoot and then I walked into Clatterbridge to get my first round of chemotherapy. My hair just put a smile on everyone’s faces.’
Roz then set up a Just Giving page with the aim of raising £25,000 for the Bebington hospital, who heard of her fundraising after a surge of hits to their site.
‘They said they would like to take a photograph of me. I had just lost my hair, which being in the beauty industry was a massive change for me,’ said Roz, a former beauty queen. ‘But I said, let’s do it again if it can raise more money.’
This isn’t the first time Roz has raised charity money. Her mother Lily was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer, and Paddy’s son Christopher had a rare form of bone cancer. Together they set up CHORF (Christopher Hardman Osteosarcoma Research Fund), raising over £200,000 through fashion shows and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Sadly both Lily and Christopher died in 2004.
Today, Roz has raised over £100,000 for Clatterbridge Hospital. She is now in remission and intends to continue fundraising with an annual fashion show, bike rides and afternoon teas.
‘The more people I meet, the more I realise what I have to do,’ said Roz, who also mentors ladies affected by cancer, helping them with confidence or advice. She calls them ‘Roz’s Warriors’ and she’s always on the end of the phone if they need to chat.
‘I saw a surgeon and asked what machines they needed. There is one where if you need a biopsy, they can analyse it there, rather than the agonising weeks of waiting. Second hand ones cost around £15,000, so I would like to raise enough for four machines for different theatres.’