Alex Blades charity head shave for Cancer Research UK

Alex Blades, front,  with from left, family Ben Parsonage, Jamie Luter, Debs Newman and hairdresser Roberto Diiorio

Alex Blades, front, with from left, family Ben Parsonage, Jamie Luter, Debs Newman and hairdresser Roberto Diiorio

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A teenager from Deeping St James has undergone a close shave to raise funds for charity in the memory of his grandad.

Alex Blades, 14, who lives in Eastgate, has raised more than £250 for Cancer Research UK by shaving his barnet at DC10 Hairdressing in Market Deeping.

Alex admitted he is not so keen on the new look but is delighted to have raised so much for charity.

He said: “It’s a rather radical haircut. It’s very short and quite cold with the weather but it’s all for a good cause.

“I’m very happy to have raised £250. A big thank you goes to everyone who sponsored me.”

Alex, a pupil at The Deepings School, showed maturity beyond his years to organise his own sponsorship fund, getting big support from friends at school and team mates at his rugby club, The Deepings Rugby Club.

He wanted to do it all for his grandad, Sydney Newman, who died from prostate cancer, aged 71.

Alex lived with his grandad before he passed away.

He said: “I spent a lot of time with my grandad and I miss very much. We used to watch TV and read together.

“I decided I wanted to do it to help prevent other people from going through what he did. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve had.”

Alex said he has had a few strange looks at school and he cannot get used to his new barnet.

He added: “It was quite nerve-wracking having it cut because they took it right down.

“When I saw myself I couldn’t believe how short it was. I’ve had a few people at school walk past and not realise it’s me.

“I’m definitely going to let it grow back.”

Alex’s mum, Deborah Newman, voiced how proud she was on her son’s achievements.

She said: “It was all Alex’s idea and it was such a nice thing to do. He did it all off his own back.

“It’s a lot of money to raise for an individual and I’m very proud of him.

“It’s also nice that it ties in with the Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

“He’s a good lad.”

Alex is still receiving sponsorship money.

Add to his fundraising pot by calling mum Deborah on 07767612920.

Alex Blades, 14, who lives in Eastgate, has raised more than £250 for Cancer Research UK by shaving his barnet at DC10 Hairdressing in Market Deeping.

Alex admitted he is not so keen on the new look but is delighted to have raised so much for charity.

He said: “It’s a rather radical haircut. It’s very short and quite cold with the weather but it’s all for a good cause.

“I’m very happy to have raised £250. A big thank you goes to everyone who sponsored me.”

Alex, a pupil at The Deepings School, showed maturity beyond his years to organise his own sponsorship fund, getting big support from friends at school and team mates at his rugby club, The Deepings Rugby Club.

He wanted to do it all for his grandad, Sydney Newman, who died from prostate cancer, aged 71.

Alex lived with his grandad before he passed away.

He said: “I spent a lot of time with my grandad and I miss very much. We used to watch TV and read together.

“I decided I wanted to do it to help prevent other people from going through what he did. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve had.”

Alex said he has had a few strange looks at school and he cannot get used to his new barnet.

He added: “It was quite nerve-wracking having it cut because they took it right down.

“When I saw myself I couldn’t believe how short it was. I’ve had a few people at school walk past and not realise it’s me.

“I’m definitely going to let it grow back.”

Alex’s mum, Deborah Newman, voiced how proud she was on her son’s achievements.

She said: “It was all Alex’s idea and it was such a nice thing to do. He did it all off his own back.

“It’s a lot of money to raise for an individual and I’m very proud of him.

“It’s also nice that it ties in with the Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

“He’s a good lad.”

Alex is still receiving sponsorship money.

Add to his fundraising pot by calling mum Deborah on 07767612920.