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A good-hearted schoolboy braves the shave in memory of his great-aunt who died of cancer.

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Jack Irwin, of Stonehouse, has always been charitable, but this time he wants to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, a charity very close to home.

His mother, Lorraine Irwin, sadly lost her Aunt Janice Gallagher, aged 50, to cancer before Jack was born.



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During the lockdown, the nine-year-old donated many of his toys and clothes to less fortunate children as many families struggled during the pandemic.

And when faced with the breakup on July 13, he will also donate his locks to the Little Princess Trust – which supplies real wigs to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Jack’s mother Lorraine and sister Faith Irwin will be there to support his efforts on the day.

Jack told us, “It’s a good cause, hopefully it helps people get well and it helps kids who are sick. And hopefully help kids not lose their parents too.”

Proud mum Lorraine added: “Jack has always loved helping charities and one day he came out of school and decided to grow his hair out to defy shaving.

“It’s a charity close to home, my aunt passed away from cancer a while ago but Jack never met her. He’s seen how important this charity is and that’s what led him to decide this.

“I’m so proud to see Jack do this, it’s amazing what he’s doing. I don’t think cancer gets enough publicity, I don’t think the charities get enough donations, so more awareness can help people help the charities wherever they can.”

On the day, Blackwood Primary pupil Jack joins the local hairdresser Split Ends, supported by his mother and big sister, Faith.

And his kind efforts will not stop there. Lorraine added: “He loves to donate to charities. No matter what the cause, Jack is always willing to donate and help.

“Because of Covid, we’ve been on Facebook pages to help families and Jack has donated a lot of his toys and some clothes, and his next job at Christmas is raising money to buy food for the homeless. He’s always on a mission.”

You can donate to Jack’s brave the shave fundraiser here.

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