No shortage of support for Keynsham boy John as he gets haircut for good cause

Published on: 05 Aug 2016

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A Keynsham schoolboy brought the summer term to an unusual end for his fellow pupils when he had his long hair chopped off in front of them during an assembly.

Chandag Junior School pupils cheered on John Biddleston as his hair was carefully cut off in aid of two very good causes.

John’s mum Jenni was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and has been receiving treatment to beat the disease ever since.

The family say they have had invaluable help from Macmillan Cancer Support during this time and, to say thank you, John decided two years ago to start growing his hair and raise some money through sponsorship when he finally had it cut. His hair won’t go to waste, either, as he has decided to send it to the Little Princess Trust to make a wig for a child who has lost their own hair through illness.

Setting out to raise around £200, the family have been amazed to see the total steadily climb, reaching £1,700 thanks to friends, relatives, John’s schoolmates and school staff.

Dad David, who watched John have his hair cut along with mum Jenni, said they were very proud of what he had done.

David said: “Macmillan has been by far the most helpful since Jenni’s diagnosis, I don’t think we could have managed without the practical support and financial advice they have given. We put a post on Facebook about John’s fundraising and people have shared it, with support coming from friends and family and parents of children at the school.

“We thought it might be cheeky to ask for £200 but by the end of the first day we had reached £450, which was a nice shock.”

After his haircut, which was carried out by Rachael Kiely from Reflections Training Academy, John said it felt strange to have short hair and added: “I was nervous, but now I’ve done it it’s great that I can think about someone getting my hair and I’m very happy.”

Chandag Junior School head teacher Tim Dunning said: “John was very brave and it’s a fantastic thing to do for the Little Princess Trust – although he has told everyone he is not a little princess! We have been able to have conversations with the other children about doing things for other people and that reflects John and his family.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support via John’s fundraising page can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JohnBiddleston

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