First class fundrais­ing to help step­daugh­ter

Train driv­ers brave the shave to raise cash for can­cer char­ity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A Peter­bor­ough train driver came up with a first class way to raise money for char­ity af­ter his step­daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed with can­cer. Rus­sell White, (59), a Govia Great North­ern train driver from Eye, had his head shaved along­side nine col­leagues in the Peter­bor­ough sta­tion con­course to raise funds for the char­ity that is sup­port­ing his step­daugh­ter Katie Rick­ett.

At the end of March this year, Katie had just turned 17 and was pre­par­ing to take her AS Lev­els when she be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere pain in her hips.

Af­ter vis­its to a phys­io­ther­a­pist and doc­tor, Katie was told the shock­ing news that she had Hodgkin’s lym­phoma, a form of blood can­cer, and that she needed im­me­di­ate treat­ment.

Katie was ad­mit­ted to the spe­cial­ist Teenage Can­cer Trust unit at Ad­den­brooke’s Hos­pi­tal, Cam­bridge, to start six rounds of gru­elling chemo­ther­apy.

Rus­sell was in­spired to fundraise for the char­ity af­ter see­ing the in­cred­i­ble fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port that Katie has at the unit and how strong she has been through­out, even when she lost all her hair.

He said he was ‘thrilled’ to be able to raise money for the cause which was so close to his heart. He said : “Dis­cover- ing your teenage step­daugh­ter has can­cer is a huge shock but watch­ing her go through treat­ment is even harder.

“How­ever, it has all been made that lit­tle bit eas­ier by Teenage Can­cer Trust and the in­cred­i­ble staff on the unit who pro­vide those ex­tra lit­tle touches that help Katie through along the way.

“Katie found los­ing her beau­ti­ful hair re­ally tough so I wanted to sup­port her by shav­ing mine whilst rais­ing funds .”

Rus­sell was joined in his ef­fort by his col­leagues Paul An­drews, Phil Fen­ton, Ran­dall Ken­ner­ley, Alis­tair Cowin, Si­mon Wood, Michael D’ San­tos, Cameron Bagge, Mark Cooke and Nathan Lloyd on the main con­course at Peter­bor­ough train sta­tion last week in a bid to raise £5,000 for Teenage Can­cer Trust, the only UK char­ity ded­i­cated to mak­ing sure the seven young peo­ple aged 13 to 24 di­ag­nosed with can­cer ev­ery day, don’t face it alone. A crowd of in­ter­ested com­muters and staff gath­ered to watch the event.

Ju­dith An­der­son, Re­gional Fundraiser for East Anglia at Teenage Can­cer Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that Rus­sell and his col­leagues at Peter­bor­ough train sta­tion have cho­sen to fundraise for us by hold­ing a shave off.

“The group have all come to­gether to help raise aware­ness of can­cer in young peo­ple and are re­ceiv­ing such in­cred­i­ble sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

“The much needed money raised from their shave off will go to­wards sup­port­ing other young peo­ple with can­cer.”

To do­nate to the cause and sup­port the team, visit www. just giv­ing. co ma nd search for The Great Peter­bor­ough Train Driv­ers Shave Off.

Katie found los­ing her beau­ti­ful hair re­ally tough Step­dad Rus­sell White

The train driv­ers with Katie

Ran­dal Ken­ner­ley is shaved by hair­dresser Hay­ley Hin­dle

The great shave off at the rail­way sta­tion

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