That’s one hell of a gesture for someone so young.
Olly Spencer spotted that one of the other kids in his class at school – Tommy-Lee Hetherington – had lost his hair, and that evening asked his mum if he could have his hair cut off too in support of his mate.
He just wanted to do something to make sure that Tommy-Lee didn’t feel alone.Olly before the shave. Credit: BPM Media
Young Olly said: “When Tommy-Lee had no hair, it made me feel sad and I didn’t want him to be alone. I wanted to help Tommy-Lee as he has cancer and I wanted the cancer to go away.
“I raised money for the charity that supports him and others by shaving my head, so we could both be bald together.”
His proud mum, Sally, added: “Olly has always been helpful to his peers.
“Tommy-Lee started school in the new term and Olly went out of his way to ensure he felt welcomed and not alone.”
She continued: “When Olly made friends with Tommy-Lee, he soon realised something wasn’t right. He came to terms with knowing Tommy-Lee was ill, but didn’t know what the illness was.
“After several days he came home from school and said, ‘I want to help people like Tommy-Lee, I don’t want him to be at school alone with no hair, I want to shave my head.'”
As a result of Olly’s kindness, the pair have now become the best of friends.
Tommy-Lee has been suffering with leukaemia since last year and has since spent time in intensive care for a variety of problems.
After a long and arduous journey, he is now in remission. However, he couldn’t avoid losing his hair during the battle.
Tommy-Lee’s mum Kelly said: “Tommy-Lee was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which was totally unexpected.
“It devastated our family and turned our lives upside down overnight.
“They told us his treatment will last for three and a half years.
“He started his chemotherapy immediately with an intensive stage of steroids, blood transfusions and lumber punctures.
“It made our hearts stop as it was such a shock and put a lot of strain on the family, but he continues to be a very happy, positive little boy and he amazes me every day.”
“But through every stage he has been upbeat and taken everything in his stride, a real brave little solider who doesn’t deserve this cruel illness.”
She’s thankful to Olly for his efforts to help out, too.
In fact, Olly raised £1,200 ($1,500) for Macmillan Cancer Support to help out other kids at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
His mum continued: “This is where the idea of Brave the Shave started. We helped Olly find out about the process and started to promote the sponsored event.
“After people heard the story of Olly and Tommy-Lee the funds soon started to come in. Olly and Tommy-Lee have become very close friends, often telling each other ‘you’re my best friend’.
“We are all so proud of Olly, not only for being brave enough at his age to carry out such a daring event, but also supporting his friend in a way that only true friends can.”