Kayden, 9, given medal for strength amid stress and health trouble

A nine-year-old military child who suddenly lost most of his hair through health issues has been awarded by military children’s charity Little Troopers, for showing bravery and determination.

Kayden Royle struggled with alopecia
Kayden Royle struggled with alopecia

Kayden Royle, who stays at RAF Shawbury as his father serves in the Royal Air Force, was named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after being diagnosed with alopecia and undergoing treatment at the same time as moving home and coping with his dad Chris serving overseas.

At the beginning of 2020, Kayden was living in Cyprus when he suddenly lost 75 per cent of his hair.. His hair began to grow back in the summer but when the family moved back to the UK, Kayden found the transition difficult after four and a half years in Cyprus, and in the autumn he lost all of his hair and eyelashes again.

Further impacted by the lockdown restrictions and home schooling, Kayden withdrew completely – wearing a hat all the time and refusing to leave the house.

He started receiving treatment in February and while his hair hasn’t grown back yet, his family say he is slowly getting his confidence back and is enjoying being back at school.

Kayden and his family are now facing another challenge with his dad deployed overseas until July, but Kayden’s mum Nikki says that he is taking it in his stride and is just focused on getting back to playing football at Wem Town Football Club when games resume.


She said: “I am so proud of Kayden and how he has dealt with all the changes he has faced this past year; alopecia, moving back to the UK, home-schooling, lockdown and now deployment. There's been tears and smiles but I can see my happy boy returning now and his confidence is growing more and more every day.”

Kayden will receive a special medal, certificate and prize as part of his award.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “This has been a particularly difficult year for lots of military children who have faced house moves and deployments alongside homeschooling and lockdown, but it’s been especially hard for Kayden to cope with the sudden onset of alopecia as well.

"Our Little Trooper of the Month Award scheme is about lifting military children up and helping them realise just how special they really are. We hope this award helps Kayden to see just how amazing he has been and how proud his family are of him.”

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