Students at Old Swinford Hospital school in Stourbridge have been dyeing their hair pink in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Cancer Research UK. The Y10 pupils, who have already raised over £1,900, are changing their styles in memory of their school friend and fellow rugby player Tom Mole, who would have turned 15 earlier this year. Tom died at BCH in April 2018 after a short illness.
The hair-raising stunt continues fundraising work that took place in the autumn term. School charity events, donations and head Paul Kilbride running the Portsmouth marathon for BCH combined to raise over £4,000. One pupil, Ben, who set up the crowdfunding page, explains “At school and on the rugby pitch, we want to keep Tom’s memory alive by helping others through raising money for BCH and Cancer Research UK. We have already exceeded our initial target of £1,000 which is fantastic.
“My own mum had cancer before I was born and this has sadly returned. She’s getting the best treatment she can and I know how important raising money for cancer research is.”