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Teenager pays charity back that saved his life

Joshua Aisthorpe, 17, handing over a cheque to Children's Brain Tumor Research. EMN-150119-145616001
Joshua Aisthorpe, 17, handing over a cheque to Children's Brain Tumor Research. EMN-150119-145616001

A brave teenager from Easton-on-the-Hill has taken on the hair raising challenge of having his head shaved to raise money for a charity that helped to save his life.

Joshua Aisthorpe, 17, who developed a brain tumour when he was just one year old, has raised more than £400 for Children’s Brain Tumour Research by having his locks chopped for his latest fundraising challenge.

Joshua who has recently been successfully discharged from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, has raised a total of £460 for the charity that has helped him for more than 16 years.

He said: “They have always been so supportive, ever since I’ve had my brain tumour. I’ve always wanted to do something to say thank you.”

Following Joshua’s diagnosis when he was one year old, Joshua’s mum Alison and her husband Robert were told he had just a 50 per cent chance of survival.

But after a year of chemotherapy he beat the tumour into remission, although he did suffer some brain damage during his ordeal.

Since then Joshua has thrown himself into his fundraising activities, to help raise lots of money for the hospital ward that treated him.

Joshua’s head shave took place on December 15 at his home in Easton-on-the-Hill, he said: “I wanted to do something different and I knew this would get a lot of sponsors.

“It feels really weird having no hair, but I’m getting used to it - and it’s growing back quite quick!”

In February 2013, Joshua challenged himself to cycle four miles round Rutland Water on a special custom-made tricycle to help him with his balance and co-ordination.

He managed to cycle the four miles and raised a total of £212 in sponsorship. Along with taking part in another sponsored cycle for Comic Relief in 2007.

Joshua who has turned his life around since his ordeal, is currently at Molton College studying Animal Welfare and hopes to have a career working with animals.

He said: “I’d love to work at an animal rehoming shelter, I really love dogs.”

Although he is happy to have been discharged from hospital on January 9, he has said that he will miss being with the people there.


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