Nine Bald Friends in a Row

On 23 March 2013 at a barbershop in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, eight friends supported a friend by getting their heads shaved. All of them attend Wilmslow High School. Tom Lee, age 17, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and hair loss is often a symptom of chemotherapy. To show support for Tom Lee, eight of his friends — Ollie Knight, Alex Lloyd, Mike Loughlin, Harrison Peck, Seb Pemberton, Tom Sneyd, Harry Stobart, and Jake Vaughan — went with him to the barbershop and got their heads shaved. They also set up a JustGiving page to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. As of early April 2013, they had raised over £3100. Ollie Knight said, “At first we were not considering raising money but to only shave our heads to support Tom. However, I’m so pleased we decided to because of the incredible sum we have raised. We all feel extremely proud!” Alex Lloyd added, “The support from everyone so far has surpassed what we expected by a long, long way. I would like to thank every single person who has donated so far, the support they have given us, but more importantly the support for Tom and his family is astounding. We would appreciate it if people could continue to spread the word. The Teenage Cancer Trust does amazing work every day and deserve every penny they get.” In a comment on the article, Lee Brocklehurst wrote, “Congratulations, lads, you’re a credit to your parents, Wilmslow, and clearly great mates of Tom.” Also, Kate Ravenscroft wrote, “Proud to say that my son is one of Tom’s friends. What they have done is amazing and they have really rallied round Tom to support him in his battle against cancer. Donate if you can and take a moment to realise that not all teenagers are how they are made out to be in the media. Good luck, Tom xx.”

For Further Information: Lisa Reeves and James Andrews, “Teenagers support close friend and go bald for charity.” Wilmslow.co.uk (Wilmslow, Cheshire, England). 2 April 2013

http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/8193/teenagers-support-close-friend-and-go-bald-for-charity

http://www.duboiscountyfreepress.com/right-place-at-right-time-twice-trooper-saves-two-lives/

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