Jack’s close shave is char­ity win­ner

Stockport Express - - Your Views -

A SCHOOL­BOY who has lost one brother to cancer and has an­other un­der­go­ing treat­ment for the dis­ease has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

Jack Ever­ton, 15, from Chea­dle Hulme, had his head shaved in front of 170 other stu­dents and teach­ers at Chea­dle Hulme School on Thurs­day.

He had been grow­ing his hair for two years and so far his brav­ing the shave has raised £7,000 for the Christie.

His brother, 29, is a pa­tient at the hospi­tal after be­ing di­ag­nosed with neu­roen­docrine cancer in De­cem­ber 2016. It started in his pan­creas and spread to his liver, but is be­ing kept un­der con­trol with chemo­ther­apy tablets.

An­other brother, Nick, died in 2002 just five weeks after re­ceiv­ing a stom­ach cancer di­ag­no­sis at the age of 17.

Jack, who wants to be a fash­ion stylist, said: “I was not that ex­cited at about hav­ing my head shaved, as I had been grow­ing my hair for two years and liked it long.

“I’m miss­ing it al­ready, but I’ve done this to show sup­port for my brother, who is my best friend.

“He will laugh at me when he sees my bald head.

“Be­fore the to­tal raised got quite so high, I did won­der if I could just change my mind.

“But as it climbed into the thou­sands, I knew I had to go though with it.”

Celebrity hair stylist Joshua Bates, whose clients in­clude The Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Stacey Forsey and Seema Mal­ho­tra, shaved Jack’s head.

He had orig­i­nally set a tar­get of rais­ing £500 but hit that in just two hours.

Both of his broth­ers were born with a hered­i­tary con­di­tion known as MYHAs­so­ci­ated Poly­po­sis (MAP), which means they are ge­net­i­cally pre­dis­posed to form­ing polyps in the gas­troin­testi­nal tract that can be­come can­cer­ous.

Jack’s hair is now be­ing do­nated to the Lit­tle Princess Trust, who make wigs for chil­dren who have lost their hair through cancer treat­ment.

Emma Gi­ag­na­covo, from the Christie, said: “This is an un­usu­ally large amount for one in­di­vid­ual to have raised.

“Jack’s fam­ily con­nec­tion to the Christie and close re­la­tion­ship with his brother have driven him on to be a star fundraiser.”

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate can visit https:// www.just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/julieev­er­ton2.

●●Jack Ever­ton (in­set) be­fore and after his char­ity head shave

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