Model’s ‘bald’ move for charity

Charlotte Thomas with Deryn Blackwell
Charlotte Thomas with Deryn Blackwell

Chatteris schoolgirl and model Charlotte Thomas is set to lose her locks later this month to help raise money for a young cancer sufferer.

The 15-year-old Cromwell Community College pupil, who has her last modelling assignment of the year on November 17, is planning to have her headshaved the following day to raise money for Norfolk teenager Deryn Blackwell.

Her proud dad, Mark, who learned of 13-year-old Deryn’s plight when his Huntingdon-based Audi dealership was asked to provide an R8 for Deryn to enjoy a ride in, will be wielding the clippers to shave Charlotte’s head.

He explained: “I made a very emotional trip down to Bristol Friday in our demo R8 to tick a box off the ‘Bucket List’ that Deryn has composed, and he enjoyed it massively and had a huge smile on he’s face the whole time I was there.”

Mark, who has had his own battle with cancer in the past, added: “We are hoping to raise enough money to be able to send Deryn and he’s amazing family away on a holiday of a lifetime.”

In 2010, Deryn, of Watton, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and just 18 months later and whilst still on active Chemotherapy was then diagnosed with an extremely rare Cancer called Langerhans Cell Sarcoma (LCS).

There have been as few as 50 cases of LCS documented since records began and Deryn is believed to be the youngest of the five people currently alive with the disease worldwide.

To make Deryn rarer still, he is thought to be the only person in the world to be fighting both Langerhans Cell Sarcoma and Leukaemia.

The extreme rarity of his diseases combined baffled specialists, who after worldwide consultation, decided a bone marrow transplant was his only option.

But now Deryn is fighting for his life after the transplant he received on March 1 this year failed as a result of extremely rare complications.

His last hope is more chemotherapy to wipe out all the donor bone marrow so doctors can put back the last of his own bone marrow cells.

Mark said Charlotte was so moved by Deryn’s story that she decided she wanted to help, which is why she has come up with the headshave idea and has so far raised £900 in sponsorship.

To sponsor Charlotte go to www.doeverything.org.uk