A SCHOOL house mistress had her head shaved in support of a pupil who has had major surgery.
Bryant Haskett had a bone marrow transplant this week after a long wait to find a donor.
It is believed doctors are happy with how it went, but it is too early to say whether the bone marrow has taken
The 12-year-old, from Sunderland, is deputy head chorister at the Chorister School, The College, Durham City.
Boarding house mistress Rachel Faulkner-Walford went under the clippers after speaking with Bryant.
“I asked him first,” said Rachel.
“He’s waited ages for a donor and has been in the RVI since January.
“He is having the operation imminently, and having my head shaved was a way of showing the school’s support for him.
“It’s also a way of showing the children that appearance is not important, it’s the person underneath that matters.”
Bryant has aplastic anaemia and may lose his hair due to chemotherapy.
“I spoke to him about that,” said Rachel.
“He told me the doctors said his might grow back a different colour.
“He’s been coping with being in hospital for so long remarkably well, although I think he gets cabin fever.
“He said to his mum one day when it was raining he just wished he could stand outside in the rain.”
Rachel, 38, conceded it is harder for a woman to have her head shaved than for a man.
“That’s one of the reasons why it had to be me and not one of the male staff,” she said.
“People might say it’s a brave thing for a woman, but what I’ve done is nothing compared to the strength of character shown by Bryant.”