A much loved, local Wrexham man, Eddie Topliss, who suffered bowel cancer in 2010 kindly presented healthcare staff with a generous cheque for £2,353.00 including Gift Aid, this week after organising a fundraising head shave earlier in the year.
Eddie is currently undergoing further chemotherapy treatment within the shooting star unit after the unfortunate news of the disease spreading to his lungs. However, Eddie’s unstinted support was clear when he popped along to the unit with a large group of friends and family to present this fantastic total to the shooting star unit this week.
“I wanted to give something back to the unit and the healthcare staff who have cared for me and treated me over the past couple of years. They do such a wonderful job; you just can’t knock their dedication and commitment. I would say I have got to know and recognise them all by now and they have all been so supportive from the word go”
Aled Edwards and Darren Hughes, Eddie’s First Milk work colleagues, decided to join him in a joint head shave. Aled said:
“We really wanted to support him through his hair lose, so that he didn’t feel alone. Of course, it was a bonus to be able to raise money for a cause that is close to our hearts too”
“I thought it would be great just to raise £50 never mind this amount!”
Eddie’s wife added:
“Everyone has been so supportive and we are very thankful. Friends, family and work colleagues who kindly donated and even people who didn’t even know Eddie sponsored him, having only heard of the head shave through word of mouth!”
Gemma Oliver, Health Care Support Worker on the shooting star unit expressed thanks to Eddie and his colleagues by saying:
“On behalf of the Shooting Star Unit’s patients, staff and our NHS charity, Awyr Las, I wish to thank everyone who has supported Eddie and his colleagues through their brave sponsored head shave to make a real difference for patients being treated on the Shooting Star Unit, we are all extremely grateful.”
Proceeds will help to enhance patient experience and comfort on the unit through supporting patient therapies and wellbeing, activities, new equipment and facilities.