Wirral cancer patient's hair-raising fundraiser

Wirral Globe: Lyam before his charity headshave Lyam before his charity headshave

A WIRRAL man diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour had his head shaved to raise funds for the Walton Neueroscience Fund's Home from Home Appeal.

Lyam Kirkham from Bromborough had his locks shaved off on November 27, the day after his radiotherapy treatment finished and it was coincidently his 26th birthday.

Family and friends packed themselves into The Shipping Forecast in Liverpool to support Lyam as he said goodbye to his luscious locks.

His friend Sean Evans of Big Al's Barber shop supplied his barber skills but it was Lyam's girlfriend Rebecca who made the first cut.

So far donations both online and in cash have succeeded £3000 and are continuing to flood in.

Lyam's JustGiving page is open until December 27, so there is still time to donate and he would like to thank everyone that participated in the event and donated, the response so far has been truly overwhelming.

Lyam was diagnosed with a grade III malignant tumour - four being the most serious - and began a course of radiography treatment. He is due to go for a scan in January to find out what affect the treatment has had.

Walton's Home from Home Appeal is raising funds to help build accommodation for loved ones and new facilities for rehabilitation patients.


His girlfriend Rebecca Alveston told the Globe: "The reason he is raising money for this particular charity is because after being diagnosed he has spent a lot of time frequenting The Walton Centre for various appointments, scans and also had a stay in one of their wards for a number of nights after a biopsy due to a bleed on his brain.

"Lyam is fortunate enough to live only a short drive away from the hospital and therefore relatives have been able to stay near while he undergoes his treatment.

"However many patients come from further afield and so he wishes to raise some money for Walton's Home from Home Appeal.

"It would have been easy for him to get dragged down by this news but he has such a positive outlook on his situation and chose to do something completely selfless and I think it's something to admire."

To donate to Liam's justgiving page visit http://www.justgiving.com/lyamkirkham


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