7 June 2022

Cycle and head shave for children’s cancer ward

Steve Brown, 36, from Southampton is a building contracts manager, and on 21 May, cycled 50 miles before shaving his head in aid of Southampton Hospitals Charity.

“My son Jesse is two years old and is an energetic toddler. Earlier this year my wife and I were watching TV and it showed the journey of a similar-aged child with cancer, who later sadly passed away.

It really resonated with us that only 3% of all money raised for cancer research is actually spent on childhood cancer.

It was then I chose to do something to support the Piam Brown children’s cancer ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

I decided I wanted to shave my head, but I knew that I’d need to do something bigger.

I thought that if I added more to the challenge, then it would inspire people to donate. It has worked, as my incredible friends, family, and work colleagues have helped me to raise over £1,500!

I am not a cyclist by any means, and 50-miles around Hampshire was a massive challenge for me.

Then five weeks ago, on my second training session, I was knocked off my bike. I dislocated my shoulder, shredded my leg, and injured my wrist.

It knocked my confidence.

I knew that if I didn’t get back on my bike, then I never would.

After a brief respite for my injuries, I thought back as to why I was doing the challenge, got back on my bike, and completed 50.9 miles in just under four hours.

About 30 miles in I didn’t know if I could finish the challenge. The reality kicked in. I kept going, but the last section was a real struggle.

It was a mental battle not to give up until I remember why I was doing it. That kept me going.

My wife and son ended up shaving my head which I think they enjoyed too much! It was really daunting.

It is a big change for me to have no hair at all, but it is nothing compared to what the children and their families on the cancer unit experience.

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