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Schoolboy sheds his hair to support his cancer-struck mum

Belmont School student David Forrest is greeted by his mum Sharon after having his head shaved to raise money for the Myeloma Charity. His mum was diagnosed with it earlier in the year.

Belmont School student David Forrest is greeted by his mum Sharon after having his head shaved to raise money for the Myeloma Charity. His mum was diagnosed with it earlier in the year.

A SCHOOLBOY with a head for helping others has lost his locks to look like his mum who has cancer.

David Forrest decided on the head-shave after his mother Sharon’s own hair came out in clumps as she underwent chemotherapy.

Sharon, 44, has myeloma, a form of cancer that attacks the plasma cells in bone marrow.

Unknown to her, David was raising funds for Myeloma UK by collecting cash at performances of the Robin Hood panto put on at Belmont Community School, where he is a pupil.

He approached his teachers to ask if he could undergo the shave in aid of the good cause.

The cut was carried out by teacher Laura Jackson and it was beamed into classrooms where the school’s other 750 pupils watched.

After the cut, David said: “I like it short. It feels spikey and I don’t need gel. Others have been really good and a lot of people have been saying comments.”

So far, David has raised more than £1,000, smashing his initial target of £300.

Sharon’s illness follows on from the ordeal of seeing her husband and David’s dad Stephen, 45, who works at William Hill, in Gilesgate Moor, go through leukaemia twice and suffer a heart attack.

The 44-year-old mum, who works at Sainsbury’s in Gilesgate, was diagnosed in March after she began to feel unwell and lost weight.

She had already been dealing with kidney problems, which had been brought under control, but now has to undergo dialysis three times a week, with the search for an organ transplant to begin in the New Year.

Last week she underwent a stem-cell transplant as part of her myeloma treatment with her doctors at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, to manage her cancer as best they can in the long-term.

She said: “I’ve never known a kid that’s coped with as much as he has.

“He came up with the idea and the school has been there to support him.

“There are no words that can say how proud I am.

“He came and told me he was going to do this and said ‘I’m going to shave my hair off so I can look like you mam.’” Sharon, who has fund-raised for the Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal with David, added the school had been a huge help since she fell ill.

Next term, the school plans to focus on myeloma as its issue of the week, so students can find out more about the condition.

Assistant school business manager Elaine Morgan, said: “David has been so brave, we are so proud of him and he has taken the news really well.

“We will support him as best we can.”

Scott McMahon, head of Year 8, added: “Everybody’s been really positive about it and the students have given extremely generously and have raised far more than anticipated.”

 

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