Teenagers support close friend and go bald for charity


In a display of courage and comradeship, nine friends from Wilmslow High School have shaved their heads to support their close friend and raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

After hearing the news that their good friend Tom Lee, 17, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, the group of mates shaved their heads to show solidarity to Tom, and also to raise as much money as possible for charity.

Tom Sneyd, Jake Vaughan, Harry Stobart, Ollie Knight, Mike Loughlin, Harrison Peck, Seb Pemberton, Alex Lloyd and Tom Lee took to the barber's chair to face the clippers on Saturday, 23rd March.

Afterwards the group of sixth formers set up a JustGiving page and invited people to donate whatever they could to their chosen cause, The Teenage Cancer Trust. Donations came flooding in and at the last count over £3182 has been raised.

Ollie Knight said, "At first we were not considering raising money but to only shave our heads to support Tom. However I'm so pleased we decided to because of the incredible sum we have raised. We all feel extremely proud!"

Alex Lloyd added "The support from everyone so far has surpassed what we expected by a long, long way. I would like to thank every single person who has donated so far, the support they have given us, but more importantly the support for Tom and his family is astounding. We would appreciate it if people could continue to spread the word. The Teenage Cancer Trust does amazing work every day and deserve every penny they get."

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer,

If you would like to donate visit  Tom Lee's JustGiving page or text LADS96 £(amount) to 70070.

Our thoughts are with Tom Lee who is currently at The Christie having chemotherapy.

Photo: (l-r) Tom Sneyd, Jake Vaughan, Tom Lee, Harry Stobart, Ollie Knight and Mike Loughlin.

Article by Lisa Reeves and James Andrews.

Wilmslow High School


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kate Ravenscroft
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 1:29 pm
Proud to say that my son is one of Tom's friends. What they have done is amazing and they have really rallied round Tom to support him in his battle against cancer. Donate if you can and take a moment to realise that not all teenagers are how they are made out to be in the media. Good luck Tom xx
Lee Brocklehurst
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 7:28 pm
Congratulations lads, you're a credit to your parents, Wilmslow and clearly great mates of Tom.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 11:40 pm
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Well done. What friendship is all about.
Carole Burton
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 at 2:53 pm
Brought tears of laughter and sadness to my eyes to watch that video, what great friends! All the best of luck to Tom....with friends like that you will do great.
Helen Fowler
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 at 3:55 pm
Love this, what great guys! And Tom obviously is too to have such good mates. Wishing Tom all the best. This video made me laugh and cry at the same time.