Dawn has a delicate touch for customer

Yvonne Lawrenson, seated, who has Parkinson's disease and Dawn Marie Jones
Yvonne Lawrenson, seated, who has Parkinson's disease and Dawn Marie Jones

A LEIGH hairdresser has been praised for having the gentle touch.

Yvonne Lawrenson, of Mosley Common, who has Parkinson’s disease, has been a loyal customer of Hair 2000, in Market Street, Atherton, for more than 10 years.

In fact she won’t allow anyone else other than hairdresser Dawn Marie Jones to touch her hair.

The 54-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, said: “Dawn still looks after my hair. It is painful and I don’t trust anyone else. I want to say thank you to her, for all she has done for me, she has been wonderful and has been through my illness with me.”

Dawn has closely followed Yvonne’s painful journey through her illness, particularly in 2005, when during an operation to remove a disc from her spine, surgeons discovered a flesh eating bug which had bored a huge hole in her back.

As a result, she lost her ability to walk and needed an eight-hour operation on her brain to help her move around more easily.

She had her first operation five years ago, but after that was unsuccessful, she endured five more - all while she was awake.

These again failed to help Yvonne and now doctors have banned further surgery because it could seriously affect her health if they attempt another operation.

Yvonne said: “The operation would help me get around better, because I can’t walk now. It would prolong my life, because at the moment I take 350 tablets a week. But it is not possible any more because of the previous problems in theatre. I am not very pleased, but there is nothing I can do about it.”

Yvonne, a mother-of-two, and grandmother-of-four, is looked after by her husband, Neil, who she married in 2005.