In an effort to raise awareness of the charities helping his colleague’s son battle cancer, an NHS employee is set to shave his head and beard on social media this week, live from the salon at our Longbridge campus.
Lloyd Cast, who works for the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, admitted to “feeling helpless” when he found out that a colleague’s son had experienced a full relapse and would require a bone marrow transplant.
“I worked with Ed [Freshwater] when his son Kip was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 10 months old,” Lloyd said. “Fortunately, over the following three years, Kip tolerated his chemotherapy and, despite his ill health, grew to be a cheeky young lad with plenty of confidence and an eye for the nurses who he saw regularly at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
This October had marked the end of the final phase of Kip’s treatment and the Freshwater family – Ed, Sarah, Kip and sister Millie – were looking forward to gaining some stability and normality to their lives.
But the family were called back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be told that Kip had relapsed and would need a bone marrow transplant. In preparation for the transplant, Kip commenced treatment and has recently lost his hair as a side effect.
Lloyd now hopes to spread awareness of the Anthony Nolan Trust and raise funds for CLIC Sargent – a charity that provides support to families with young children who have cancer – by having his hair and beard shaved off live on Facebook this Wednesday (16 December).
The NHS employee will be given a helping hand by the staff at Elegance & Serenity Salon, based at South & City College’s Longbridge (Bournville College) campus.
You can support CLIC Sargeant on behalf of Lloyd and Kip by donating on the Freshwater family’s GoFundMe page.
To watch the livestream on Wednesday 16 December at 11.30am please follow the South & City College Birmingham Facebook account: @southandcitycollege