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Oasis Academy Sholing student takes part in ‘Brave the Shave’ and raises £275 in minutes

Oasis Academy Sholing student takes part in ‘Brave the Shave’ and raises £275 in minutes

A Southampton student, his grandad, and his grandads cousin have recently ‘braved the shave’ to raise money for the Princess Anne Hospital, a hospital very close to their hearts and the NHS.

The inspirational family team have raised a phenomenal £1650 so far with donations continuing to pour in hourly. Brendon, 13 and a year 8 student at Oasis Academy Sholing raised an incredible £275 in the short space of ten minutes. Their original goal was to raise £350.

In January of this year Brendon and his family sadly lost Mia, his sister at 17 weeks and as a family they wanted to give something back to the team at their local hospital.

Jenna Roberts, Brendon’s mum, commented saying; “Never in a millions years did we imagine to raise as much as we have. We wanted to give something back to the Princess Anne Hospital after their all support and to help with memory boxes for other families. It has been so nice, that people we don’t even know have rallied around and donated after reading our story.”

The Brave The Shave campaign, run by Macmillan Cancer Support is backed by thousands of incredible people each year, just like Brendon and his grandad.

Helen Sydenham, Head of Year 8 at Oasis Academy Sholing, commented on Brendon’s fundraising efforts, saying; “Having heard about your selfless act, we as a school wanted to take this opportunity to say what a truly remarkable young man you are becoming and how incredibly proud of you we are. During this difficult and tough time, you have not only raised money for a fantastic and worthy charity, but also honoured the memory of your little sister Mia. You are more of a superhero than any other Marvel character out there!”

Since 2015 thousands of brave shavers have raised over £22.7 million. This incredible amount could pay for 140 Macmillan nurses for three years.

Brendon Roberts, Year 8 student at Oasis Academy Sholing, added; “I’m so shocked that I’ve raised so much money, I wasn’t expecting to raise so much in such a short space of time. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, it means the world.”

There has been a huge amount of support for Brendon and his family on Facebook, with one person saying; “This boy is one of the sweetest boys I know, such an amazing thing to do Brendon, well done everyone I’m so proud of you.” With another user saying; “awesome job for an awesome cause! Well Done!”

Inspired by Brendon and his family’s story? You can donate via their Go Fund Me page HERE.

Daniel Marsh