Neamh, compliance administrator at Sanctuary Personnel - the umbrella company of leading recruitment specialists in social care, health and criminal justice - got up close and personal with the hair clippers in front of all her colleagues in support of CLIC Sargent on the final day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Neamh’s colleague, Kelly Thorndyke, has been the motivation for the recruitment firm’s recent fundraising as her teenage daughter is currently being treated for cancer and the family are being supported by the CLIC Sargent service team at Ipswich Hospital.
Kelly said: “We have a fabulous Social Worker, Christine, and Paedeatric Oncology Nurse we like to call Granny Ali, who are funded by CLIC Sargent and are there for us every step of the way through this nightmare.”
Brave Neamh chose to have her head shaved by Kim, Kelly’s daughter.
Kelly added: “I am so grateful to Neamh, who I have the pleasure of working with, for doing her bit and then some for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
"I’d like everyone to show their support for CLIC Sargent and praise for Neamh by digging deep to help more families like mine.”
Neamh said: “I felt both nervous and excited about the head shave but children and young people being treated for cancer don’t have a choice about losing their hair.
I know the money is going to a fantastic cause in CLIC Sargent and that is what’s inspiring me.
“Thanks to all my family, friends and colleagues, I have already raised £1,107 and Sanctuary Personnel has kindly offered to double this amount.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Neamh for taking part in the Big Buzz, as well as to Neamh’s colleagues at Sanctuary Personnel who’ve been doing some great fundraising the past few years for CLIC Sargent.
“Last year in Suffolk alone CLIC Sargent supported 70 children and young people with cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment."