13-year-old has head shaved to support friend’s battle

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research a

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research after being inspired by a friend's battle with the disease. - Credit: Archant

A teenager who was inspired by her best friend's fight with leukaemia has shaved off her hair to raise funds for the disease.

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research a

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research after being inspired by a friend's battle with the disease. - Credit: Archant

Thirteen-year-old Honor Saunders-Johnson got the chop at home on Crocus Street with her mum and dad last weekend after months of planning for the big day.

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research a

Honor Saunders-Johnson, 13, has shaved her head to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research after being inspired by a friend's battle with the disease. - Credit: Archant

The Wymondham High Academy pupil said she wanted to show people that 'no matter how much hair you have you are still beautiful'.

'My inspiration came from the bravest, funniest boy I have ever met. Even though he has suffered from this life-changing condition he continues to be strong and soldiers on no matter what happens.

'Another friend also shaved her head in February because her mum was ill so I wanted to do it for her too,' she added.


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The months of fundraising have paid off and Honor's total has already exceeded £500 – money which will be donated to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Little Princess Trust. The young Wymondham cadet said that at the time she felt 'pretty nervous' and how she felt afterwards was 'hard to explain'.

'I feel quite good about myself and about doing something good. But it is weird – when I shake my head there's nothing there,' she said.

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And Honor was able to debut her new look when she volunteered for car-park duty at the Norfolk Game and Country fair as a cadet – but dad Craig Saunders-Johnson said that the teenager received a mixed reaction from the public.

'Honor left for camp soon after, where she experienced the public thinking she was a boy for two solid days. She was constantly referred to as 'laddy' or 'a boy', which upset her.

'She realised that she understood what it is to be discriminated against for looking different.'

He added: 'We are really, really pleased and proud of the way she has stood up for a school colleague.'

The keen fundraiser even decided that he would also shave his head to support Honor's brave decision.

Mr Saunders-Johnson has also encouraged Honor to join him on a parachute jump for charity when she turns 16.

'I don't think this will be the end of Honor challenging herself,' he added.

The Little Princess Trust is a children's cancer charity which supplies real-hair wigs to young people suffering with cancer.

If you would like to donate, visit Honor's Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Honor-Saunders-Johnson4

Do you have a fundraising story? We'd like to hear from you. Contact locallife@archant.co.uk

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