Bury St Edmunds waiter’s ‘hair-razing’ venture in support of grandmother
A 17-year-old waiter at a Bury St Edmunds pub has shaved his head in aid of a cancer charity which has supported his grandmother.
Elliot Chaplin took on the ‘hair-razing’ venture in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at The Dog & Partridge pub on the birthday of his grandmother Mary Cross, of Stowmarket, who has lost her hair due to cancer treatment.
Family including dad Gavin and step mum Lucy, friends and even the pub’s landlord Lukasz Zurawsky joined in the cutting and clipping in the pub’s back garden.
He has already beaten his original £500 target and is hoping to raise more.
Elliot said: “We lost my grandad to cancer two and a half years ago and my nan is currently suffering from cancer too.
“Every time she goes into hospital for treatment, she gets a Macmillan bed so I wanted to do something to support them.
“I know she hated losing her hair because of the treatment so I wanted to show my support for her too.
“I rang her up and wished her happy birthday and told her what I’d done. She cried but she was happy too.”
He started work at the pub, in Crown Street, a few months ago and received support from new landlord Mr Zurawski.
He allowed Elliot to seek sponsors among the regular Wednesday night crowd at the pub’s quiz nights.