Chippenham Police Officer Mel was diagnosed with a brain cavernoma in Autumn 2014. In a news release in January 2015 Mel advised “Following my diagnosis in autumn last year, I turned to the charity Cavernoma Alliance UK (CAUK). I read, researched, met and attended workshops and from then on I understood my condition. All of this would have been impossible without the support from CAUK”. She adds “I am a Police Officer for Wiltshire Police and on our Christmas works do, my good friend Hayley suggested a head shave, along the lines of “you’re shaving yours off, let’s do ours too” and I wanted to give something back to CAUK. From that moment onwards the fundraising began. Us cops have gone bald for winter along with my fiancé Tim, sister Emma and Tim’s auntie Annabel. We have raised over £8000 and raised awareness of Cavernoma and CAUK hugely”.
To show their support for their colleague Mel, fourteen Police Officers from Chippenham Response Team 1, Wiltshire, shaved their heads on the 12th January. Police Officer Hayley said “We had no idea what a cavernoma was, but when Mel told us she had a brain cavernoma all her colleagues wanted to help and support. Shaving our heads to raise money for Cavernoma Alliance UK and increase awareness of this brain condition was one of the ways we could support Mel”.
Police Officer Mel had surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to remove the cavernoma in March 2015. The operation lasted several hours.