Teenage friends shave off their hair to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust

Left to right: George Bellinger and his friend Harrison Mayhew-Kemp before undergoing the shave. Pic

Left to right: George Bellinger and his friend Harrison Mayhew-Kemp before undergoing the shave. Picture: REBECCA BELLINGER - Credit: Archant

14-year-old George Bellinger from Thurston and his 13-year-old friend Harrison Mayhew - Kemp both had a close trim to support George’s cousin Josh.

The teenagers have raised a significant amount of money. Picture: REBECCA BELLINGER

The teenagers have raised a significant amount of money. Picture: REBECCA BELLINGER - Credit: Archant

Josh Rands, 20, is currently undergoing treatment for a rare type of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma which is usually found in the legs.

George’s mum Rebecca Bellinger said:“My nephew Josh was diagnosed back in the autumn and he quickly started chemo.

“At Christmas George said jokingly should I shave mine to make you feel better.”

Both George and Harrison have are full time wheelchair users: George has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy , a muscle wasting condition and Harrison has cerebral palsy.

Josh Rands is currently undergoing radiotherapy. Picture: REBECCA BELLINGER

Josh Rands is currently undergoing radiotherapy. Picture: REBECCA BELLINGER - Credit: Archant


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Despite their own conditions and inspired by George’s sister cutting off her own plats last year for the Little Princess’ Trust, the pair decided that they would both shave their heads together with Mrs Bellinger suggesting that they raise some money for charity at the same time.

The boy’s current total sits at nearly £3000 even with two families involved Mrs Bellinger says she is surprised with just how much money the boys have raised.

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“I thought £500 would be good between friends and family.”

Mrs Bellinger said that people have been genuinely touched by the boys’ fundraising story, with some even being brought to tears.

When it came to the big day Mrs Bellinger said that Harrison was a bit more “gung ho” whereas George was a bit more nervous.

Nevertheless both teenagers went through with their promise and lost their locks at The Cutting Edge salon in Ipswich. “I think the first day was a bit of a shock,” said Mrs Bellinger, “George kept his hat on.”

However, after a few days both boys are said to have gotten used to their new do’s.

Josh is said to be doing well and is currently undergoing daily rounds of radiotherapy.

A spokesperson for the Teenage Cancer Trust said: “George and Harrison should feel incredibly proud of themselves, for demonstrating such thoughtfulness and spirit, despite their own health challenges.”

More information about the boy’s fundraising can be found online.

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