Hair raising challenge for Wreake Valley Academy pupil Harry, 15

Wreake Valley College student Harry Paine (15) with his granddad Barry Folkes
Wreake Valley College student Harry Paine (15) with his granddad Barry Folkes
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When 15-year-old Harry Paine heard his granddad had terminal stomach cancer, and faced losing his hair through chemotherapy, the teenager decided he was going to lose some of his own hair to help raise funds towards finding a cure.

Harry, who attends Syston’s Wreake Valley Academy, had his tight ‘Number One’ haircut at Melton’s Fresh Heir salon in King Street on Tuesday night. His locks were shorn for free by Kate Barwell who has also sponsored him.

Harry Paine after his cut with Fresh Heir's Kate Barwell EMN-150520-094513001

Harry Paine after his cut with Fresh Heir's Kate Barwell EMN-150520-094513001

Harry’s granddad, Barry Folkes, was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer on March 27 and has since undergone chemotherapy.

Harry, who lives in Thurmaston, said: “I decided when my wonderful and extremely brave granddad started to lose his hair that I’d shave mine off, not only to give him support but also to raise money for Cancer Research.

“Sadly my granddad will not win his battle with cancer. The doctors have only given him six months to live, maybe 12 months with chemotherapy, but I take comfort and I’m trying to remain positive knowing that I’m helping towards finding a cure for this evil disease.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Harry can fill in the form in Fresh Heir, on King Street, Melton or Thurmaston Print Shop, on Melton Road, Thurmaston.