Asda Kilkeel colleagues – Stephen Hanna, Jake Knox, Kemal Ozdemir, Christopher Cunningham, Kathy Magill and Gerard McDowell – recently became ‘Brave Shavers’ to fundraise for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital.
Inspired by the work of the Daniel Forsythe Trust – set up to raise money for local boy Daniel (5), who is currently undergoing treatment at the unit – the money raised by colleagues, who undertook the challenge of leg-waxing and shaving their heads, will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity to support care for young people up to the age of 16 from across Northern Ireland.
Lorraine Gordon, who helped set up the Daniel Forsythe Trust, said: “We were motivated to set up the Trust to help plan a special trip for Daniel next year when he has finished his treatment. After speaking to Asda Kilkeel Community Champion, Stephanie, we were delighted to hear colleagues were interested in raising money for other young people undergoing similar treatment at the same unit as Daniel.”
Over £1000 raised
Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity added: “Congratulations to Asda Colleagues for raising over £1,000 for our charity. The money raised will make a real impact in the lives of children and teenagers receiving treatment at the Royal Belfast Hospital.
“The unit can become a home away from home for some patients, so we want to ensure it is a safe and comfortable environment for them. From extending the number of beds available to supporting the work of a play specialist, the donations from Asda will allow our charity to continue to help children and their families at a very vulnerable time.”
Stephanie Rogers, Asda Kilkeel Community Champion said: “We would like to say a big thank-you to all the shoppers who donated to our ‘Brave the Shave’ efforts. I know it means a lot to all of the colleagues instore – especially those who took part in the fundraising – to be able to support such a special charity.”