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TWO workmates got their heads shaved with their cancer battling friend to raise PS1,900 for a specialist unit which treated him.

Aled Edwards and Darren Hughes, who work at First Milk in Wrexham, got shiny tops in support of work colleague Eddie Topliss.

Eddie, 60, has been battling bowel and then lung cancer since 2010 and started treatment at Wrexham Maelor Hospital's Shooting Star unit yesterday.

He is due to have more chemotherapy in the coming months and was told by doctors he may lose his hair.

Aled and Darren didn't want the dad of two and grandad of one to feel like he was the only one. So in a show of solidarity the three decided to get their heads shaved at the Cutting Corners salon in Wrexham on Saturday - and raise cash for the Shooting Star unit.

Eddie said: "I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and had to have treatment at the Shooting Star unit. That was cured when a part of my bowel was cut out, but I got secondary's which spread to my lungs.

"I have had two operations at Broadgreen Liverpool to cut pieces of my lungs out. But now I am undergoing chemotherapy again at the Shooting Star unit, which has been fantastic, which may take between three to six months."

Eddie lives with his wife Angela on Bryn Hafod, Wrexham, and has worked at First Milk for more than 10 years.

Speaking after Saturday's shave, Aled said: "My head is freezing. We talked about it and decided to do it about two weeks ago. We wanted to raise money for the unit because it is close to everybody's heart and everybody seems to know somebody who has been treated there. "So far we have PS900 in sponsorship and another PS1,000 which is still to be collected."

The Shooting Star specialist cancer unit opened in 2004 after a five-year funding campaign. It provides a specialist venue for out-patients and day care of people with cancer, and there is also a dedicated women's clinic.

The unit was funded through PS1.4m of National Lottery money, awarded by the New Opportunities Fund under its Living with Cancer programme, and over PS1m raised through the Shooting Star Appeal.


Darren Hughes (left) and and Aled Edwards (right) with Eddie Topliss, pictured before shave (inset)
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Jan 29, 2014
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