When 13-year-old William Stewart-Cross’ mum was diagnosed with breast cancer he knew he wanted to do something to help others.
A keen runner but unable to take part in the Race for Life – because it is for women only, William’s mum Sandra challenged him to come up with an original kind of fund-raiser.
And the youngster from Sneaton decided to have his hair shaved off in front of his school friends.
Last week a large group gathered at Caedmon School where he is a pupil to watch him have his hair shaved off in aid of the Breast Cancer Care Team at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where his mum was treated, raising over £500.
Sandra, a self-employed music teacher at Fyling Hall School, was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer just before Christmas.
The day she was diagnosed after discovering a lump in her breast, she rang her sister Alison (47) who lives in Jersey to tell her. Her sister went to her GP to get checked out and she too was also later diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.
Sandra, who has completed a course of radiotherapy and is now receiving regular check-ups after having a mastectomy, said: “I found the lump last November when I was shaving and went straight to the doctor who referred me to James Cook.The Breast Cancer Care team there is like a one stop shop, they have been absolutely fantastic and they are still looking after me.
“I had my mastectomy two days before I broke up for Christmas and I had my radiotherapy through the school holidays. The school have been brilliant. I’m just taking an anti-cancer drug once a day now.”
Will said of his new hair cut: “It feels weird. I feel like a cat because everyone has been stroking my hair.”
Sandra was at the school to witness Will’s head shave and added: “I’m very proud of him. He’s been fantastic.
“When I told him I had cancer Will was absolutely devastated.
“If this convinces just one or two ladies to examine themselves regularly then it will all have been worthwhile,”