Teenager is cut above to raise £700 for blast ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A 14-YEAR-OLD school­boy has raised £700 by hav­ing his long hair cut off to help the vic­tims and fam­i­lies of the dev­as­tat­ing Bosley wood flour mill ex­plo­sion in July.

James Gil­liver has had long, curly locks for the last five years but made the brave de­ci­sion to aban­don his crown­ing glory for the Bosley fundrais­ing ap­peal, set up by parish coun­cil­lor Sylvia Jenk­in­son.

Hair by Lind­say, on Ch­ester­gate, where he had his hair cut, have also ar­ranged for it to be used to make four wigs for chil­dren with can­cer.

Mac­cles­field Academy pupil James lives on Thirlmere in Mac­cles­field with his older brother Maxwell, 15, and mum and dad Sue and Ken.

Ken said: “It was a ma­jor sac­ri­fice for James but he is de­lighted to have raised so much money and we are so proud of him as it was en­tirely his ini­tia­tive.

“We al­ways said we were fine with him hav­ing long hair as long as it was clean but he was think­ing of hav­ing it cut and when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened he said he wanted to do it for Bosley.”

The fam­ily will be in­vited onto the pitch at the ex-pro­fes­sion­als ver­sus Bosley play­ers char­ity football match at Moss Rose on Sun­day.

●» James Gil­liver af­ter his hair­cut and (right) be­fore the chop

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