Josiah Carter from Newton Ferrers has donated a staggering £6,710 to the Mustard Tree after shaving off his hair to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at Derriford Hospital.
Last year, Josiah’s mum, Kairen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy, but unfortunately, the cancer spread to her lymph nodes and required chemotherapy.
“Since I first shared the news about mum on social media, we were overwhelmed by all the loving and supportive messages we received,” said Josiah.
“I thought this was a real chance to harness all this support and to try and do some good for others who are fighting a similar battle.
“I wanted to do something visible to encourage people to donate to such a worthy cause. My hair is my signature and a bad hair day is just generally a bad day so the last thing I wanted to do was to shave it off.
“I’m really close with my mum, we’re like best friends. So to see her going through this and to lose all her hair, it’s heart-wrenching. I don’t want to see my mum like that and I don’t think anyone else would either.”
On Mother’s Day weekend, Kairen did the honours of shaving off Josiah’s full head of hair in front of family and friends. They visited the Mustard Tree together last week to present a cheque for an amazing £6,710.
The Mustard Tree is planning to fund a dietitian one day a week for patients undergoing treatment. Josiah’s generous donation will be able to fund a dietitian for almost 12 months.
“The Musard Tree are amazing,” Josiah continued. “They help everyone affected by cancer, whether you’re going through treatment or know someone who is.”