When Fin Horton heard his best friend had leukaemia he decided he wanted to raise money for charities that help sufferers.
His friend Jake Andrade is now having chemotherapy and last Saturday 14-year-old Fin from Stowmarket had his head shaved in the town’s Tesco supermarket, along with the store’s general manager Andrew Doherty and bakery manager Mark Spearman.
They aimed to raise about £200 each for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and CLIC Sergent, which both support young cancer sufferers, but by that evening they had already topped £625.
Fin still had donations to come from his school.
Fin said afterwards: “The event went amazingly – way better than I expected! We had loads of people stick around and watch us having our hair shaved and it was such a positive atmosphere.
“It wasn’t just me having my hair shaved, Andrew and Mark had their hair shaved, too, so it was a lot more fun.
“Being hairless is cool, people ask me ‘where is your hair’ and I feel proud to say why I’ve got little. It’s definitely raising awareness for cancer patients which is exactly what I want, but I do a paper round in the morning so my head gets very cold.”
Jake has had one round of chemo and is preparing for the second of the four he needs.
Fin said: “He is doing okay but I am constantly worried about him.”
Jake’s mother Heidi Andrade said Jake was coping well.
She added: “Fin and Jake have been very good friends since middle school and Jake is very proud of Fin. We are all very grateful to Fin and his friends for their fundraising efforts, the amount raised is fantastic. It is good to know that other families will be helped like we have been and other children will be made better because of it.
“Fin has been very caring about Jake, he messages him every day and me to ask how Jake is doing. He has also visited a number of times even making his own way here with another good friend, Zoe, by train and bus. Jake said that all the support from his friends, like Fin, has made him feel much more positive about his diagnosis and has cheered him up no end.”