CHARITY HEAD SHAVE
SELFLESS Philip Jackson has not only ‘braved the shave’ but made a personal donation to the hospital that gave him his treatment.
The 68-year-old from Blythe Bridge made the decision after finishing his own treatment for prostate cancer earlier this year.
After an early diagnosis, just before Christmas 2016, Philip underwent 20 weeks of treatment.
Patients who don’t manage to catch it so early usually have to endure 37 to 38 sessions.
Philip and his wife, Lydia, organised a charity head shave, to take place on Friday 11th August, at Gill Maiden Hairdressers in Blythe Bridge, where friends and family watched Philip have not only his head but his beard shaved too.
Along with the head shave, Philip also took it upon himself to buy four pairs of tracksuit bottoms and donated them to the department at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where he received his treatment.
Wife, Lydia, told the Times and Echo: “Philip wanted to raise money and to give something back to the hospital.”
“A lot of patients that he met there had to travel from as far as Wolverhampton and further.
“They have to go through an awful process before the treatment even starts, drinking litres of water to enlarge the bladder, as they use radio waves.
“With some of the patients travelling so far, they sometimes had accidents, it’s to be expected when you’re drinking so much and holding it in for such long a long time while travelling.”
Philip made the decision to donate the tracksuit bottoms after discovering the hospital cannot always replace clothing after patients had accidents.
The couple have managed to raise £300 so far, with donations from friends and family.
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