Year 11 student Jake, 16, decided to lose his locks to raise money for and awareness of Myeloma UK, which supports patients of and research into cancer of plasma cells found in bone marrow.
Jake organised a ‘Head Boy Head Shave’ event at the school, selling tickets for £1 to students and staff. With three of his friends also agreeing to wax their legs to boost funds, the total amount raised was over £250. This was matched by Stockport Academy, resulting in more than £500 being donated to the cause.
Jake said: “My family has been affected by Myeloma and I know a couple of staff who have also been affected in one way or another by this condition, so it means a lot to have had so much support at today’s event. It was a bit daunting when I heard the buzz of the clippers, but with everyone cheering me on it was easy in the end. To have raised over £500 for Myeloma UK is beyond anything I could have hoped for and I would like to thank everyone who has donated.”
Stockport Academy Principal Mrs McCann said: “We are so proud of Jake’s commitment to raising money for a cause that is clearly so close to his heart. Our school community has come together to support him with this and it is a wonderful thing. As part of our commitment to provide an Education with Character, we strive to develop our students’ social and moral responsibilities and Jake is truly a model student.”