Oxford Mum and Dad create a buzz and raise over £4,400 for CLIC Sargent

Jodie and Owen, who are well known in Headington for their long, colourful dreadlocks, braved the scissors as part of CLIC Sargent's Big Buzz event to support children and young people with cancer.

Oxford Mum and Dad create a buzz and raise over £4,400 for CLIC Sargent

The family were inspired to fundraise for CLIC Sargent because their five-year-old daughter Madeika is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma, after being diagnosed in August.

Madeika had the honour of lopping their dreadlocks off to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent.

A determined family

Madeika’s Mum Jodie said: “It’s been a pretty crazy journey… Some days Mads is racing around the ward using her IV pole as a scooter, other days she’s flat out on the sofa, but every day we’re more determined to kick this cancer for good!

"There isn't much else that would inspire either of us to cut off our dreads, but we would do anything to boost the moral support for Mads, after the loss of her golden locks.

“The support from CLIC Sargent has been invaluable to us. From simple things like loaning us a stroller when Madeika couldn’t walk, to our CLIC Sargent Social Worker, who visited Madeika’s school and talked to her teachers. They have made such an enormous difference.”

Thank you

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager James McDonald, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jodie and Owen for becoming LifeShavers for CLIC Sargent. I think the finished result looks amazing!

“Every day 10 children and young people hear the devastating news they have cancer. Many will lose their hair during treatment and our Big Buzz campaign gives people the chance to show support for them by shaving their heads and raising money for CLIC Sargent."

Find out more

To find out how you could take part in the Big Buzz for CLIC Sargent, please contact the Big Buzz team on 08451 212 492 or email: thebigbuzz@clicsargent.org.uk.