Wymondham student’s hair-raising way to help charity
A south Norfolk teenager will celebrate the end of exams by shaving off his shoulder length locks for charity.
Alex Russell, 16, of Briton Way, Wymondham, will be 'going bald' at his school leavers' prom on Friday evening to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
His hair will also not go to waste by being donated to the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Alex, who has just completed his GCSE exams at Wymondham High School, said: 'My hair is just past my shoulders which is quite a lot for a boy. I've had it for about three years.
'It's how everyone knows me so it's kind of a big thing for me. It's going to be really weird to get used to.
' I won't recognise myself when I get up in the morning.'
The idea of a head shave came to Alex after friends teased him that he could earn a lot of money if he ever decided to sell off his hair.
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Although he and his family have not been affected by cancer, Alex decided to support charities which help sufferers after hearing about the experiences of others at school.
He started his fundraising hoping to reach �100 but has so far managed to collect �500 – and the total continues to grow.
To sponsor Alex, visit www.justgiving.com/Alexgoesbald