Staff support colleague with cancer

Zoe Fowler, Declan Lamb and Eilidh Chavasse
Zoe Fowler, Declan Lamb and Eilidh Chavasse

Loanhead work colleagues have rallied to support a young woman undergoing chemotherapy for cervical cancer.

Eilidh Chavasse, who was diagnosed with the disease in May when she was only 19, has paid tribute to the staff at the Nike Factory Store at Straiton Retail Park.

The employees have been supporting Eilidh’s fundraising in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The store recently raised £670 from a day of events for customers.

Eilidh (20), who lives in Alnwickhill, Edinburgh, explained she persuaded her GP to carry out tests which diagnosed cervical cancer.

“That was in May. I was 19 at the time. I kind of knew in myself something wasn’t right but the smear test age is 21.

“I went to the doctor several times and pretty much demanded that they did the tests,” said Eilidh, who has worked at the Nike shop since it opened 18 months ago.

Eilidh attends hospital every two weeks for chemotherapy and as a result began losing her hair.

It was at this stage she shaved her head and took part in the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Hair4U scheme involving award winner hairdresser Charlie Miller. The scheme provides a real hair wig free of charge for 13 to 24-year-olds.

Eilidh said her colleagues’ support had been “overwhelming”. “When I shaved my hair off they all wore hats to work so the customers couldn’t tell.

“It has given me the motivation to continue going to work because I know they will be helping me,” she said.

So far the fundraising through Eilidh’s Justgiving page has raised more than £3,000 and has been backed by other Nike stores across the country.

Teenage Cancer Trust in Scotland fundraising manager Audrey Murray said: “We are really excited to be working with the team at Nike Straiton. We would like to thank them all - their support really does make a difference”