Pupil in close shave after cancer auction

A teenage student at The King’s School had a close shave in aid of charity after being inspired by a stranger’s battle with cancer.

Nat Pinney, 17, let his best friend cut off all his hair after an auction which raised more than �200 for Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF).

He got the idea after cancer sufferer John Watson delivered a moving story to pupils about people not being able to see his disease.

The sixth-form student decided to do something very visible, and having also lost his father to prostate cancer in 2008, said the head-shave was partly a way of connecting with him.

“I didn’t know him very well, and I wasn’t able to see him during his chemotherapy, so this was sort of relating to his experience,” he said.


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At the school auction three people were tied on the highest bid, but only one of them wanted to perform the head-shaving, his friend Luke Griffiths.

“He absolutely hacked my head, he shaved a line right down the middle and then left me with just my sideburns,” he said.

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“I looked ridiculous!”

But he said other pupils have since approached him in the corridors to offer more donations, although not everybody is too pleased with his new ‘look’.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Payhembury, said his mum was ‘a bit horrified’ when he got home, and admitted he had to buy a hat after last weekend’s cold weather.

Sarah Shaw from ELF thanked Nat and the school for their support, adding: “I think he’s very brave!”

If you would like to donate money to Nat’s fundraising then contact The King’s School on 01404 812982, or drop into reception.

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