Teenager shaves off his locks to raise cancer charity funds
Most other 14-year-olds are too busy thinking about what GCSE options they are going to take, girls and being cool to really think of others.
But not Shepton Mallet's Oliver Loxton.
The Whitstone School pupil decided, out-of-the-blue, that he wanted to raise money for Cancer and Leukaemia In Childhood, CLIC.
Mum Sarah said she was very proud of her son.
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"Just after Christmas he suddenly came home and said he wanted to shave his head for CLIC," she said. "He's a bit random like that, but I'm very proud of him. It's a brilliant thing to do."
Oliver took to the social networking site Facebook and soon the message about his fundraising initiative spread among his pals.
Last Thursday after school Shepton Mallet mobile hairdresser Shelley Vincent wielded her snippers at Oliver's Compton Road home, and took Oliver's three-inch locks down to a grade 1 shave.
Now the keen drummer – who is part of the four-piece group Nothing Yet – looks far more like someone in a boyband than a schoolboy, according to his mum.
Although Oliver doesn't know what prompted him to have his head shaved now, a few years ago his aunt lost her fight against cancer and he witnessed the effect of the disease and the treatments, including losing her hair.
"It feels really odd now to have no hair but I am really happy I've done this, but a bit surprised how it feels to be bald," he said.
"I was a bit surprised at how generous people were when I told them what I was going to do.
"One of my friends gave me £30. It was lovely how generous people have been and I'd like to say thank you to everyone. It's great to have raised so much for a worthy cause."
So far the event has raised £217. More donations can be given via his parents Nick and Sarah Loxton.