Tuesday 21st August 2018
12 year old Ciaran from Melksham is no stranger to fundraising. Over the past few years, he's taken on swimming challenges for charity but this year he wanted to give the pool a break and do something a little different to support people his own age with cancer: a sponsored headshave.
"My mum and dad know several people who have been affected by cancer, some have been extremely lucky and, unfortunately, others not so," said Ciaran.
Cancer doesn't care about age and I wanted to make a difference to people my own age group.
Ciaran's initial fundraising target was £500, and his dad promised he'd join Ciaran in shaving his head should they reach the fundraising mark. Sure enough, Ciaran met his target and dad Jason took the barber's seat beside him on 11 August, ready to have his head shaved!
Melksham Town Football Club hosted Ciaran and Jason's headshave, with club right back Mark Cooper stepping in to lend his professional barber talents to shave their heads. Ciaran and Jason even inspired family friend Jackie to join in and have her head shaved too!
After a hugely successful day, Ciaran's fundraising total now stands at £1,032.10 - more than double his original target!
Charlie Porter, Teenage Cancer Trust South West Regional Fundraiser, said:
We would like to say an enormous thank you to Jason, Jackie, and especially Ciaran for their support and for their bravery with this challenge. Ciaran has done an incredible job with this fundraising and we're so grateful to all those who have supported him and helped him to raise as much money as possible for young people with cancer.
Following his challenge, Ciaran said:
I'm very proud of what I have done. It's been the best challenge I've done and the most amount I've raised. My head feels a little bit strange but it's a small price to pay for helping youngsters less fortunate than myself.
Thank you to Dad and Jackie for joining in with the shave, and a big thank you to Mark Cooper for actually shaving us all and donating to the cause! A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported me, your kindess and generosity means a lot and will definitely help young people battling this awful disease.