Chatteris model schoolgirl Charlotte Thomas and her brother Alfie took a “bald” step on Monday to raise money for a young cancer sufferer.
The 15-year-old Cromwell Community College pupil, had her last modelling assignment of the year on Sunday when her shoulder length hair was shorn into a stylish pixie cut.
But on Monday she and her younger brother went even further when their dad Mark Thomas wielded the clippers to shave both their heads to raise money for Norfolk teenager Deryn Blackwell.
Mark 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.
He explained: “I made a very emotional trip down to Bristol 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 his 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 came up with the headshave idea and has so far raised £900 in sponsorship. Her brother decided to do his bit too and has so far raised £50.
To sponsor Charlotte go to www.doeverything.org.uk