Jake feels super after charity cut

Jake Booth has raised �2,000 for Bluebell Wood children's hospice. Pictured with Miss Sheffield.
Jake Booth has raised �2,000 for Bluebell Wood children's hospice. Pictured with Miss Sheffield.

DARING South Yorkshire teenager Jake Booth has raised more than £2,000 for ill children - by shaving off his hair.

The 15-year-old decided to collect the cash for Bluebell Hospice, which offers care and support to youngsters with a shortened life expectancy, by losing his curly locks in the first proper cut it has had in nine years.

And, after visiting the North Anston hospice to hand over the money, he has been nominated for a The Star Superkids award for his charity efforts.

Proud mum Sue, of Fircroft, Rotherham, said: “I think he was amazed at the amount of money he has raised - he only expected to get a couple of hundred pounds. We are all really proud of him.

“He talked about having his hair cut off and was determined to do it for charity.

“I think he will do more fundraising in the future now.”

Jake decided to take the plunge after years of teasing and persuasion by his older brothers.

Miss Sheffield, Jade Mellows - a hairdresser - agreed to carry out the transformation.

In total, the charity event raised £2,185.

Sue said: “People kept telling Jake you need to get your hair cut and he would only do it for charity.

“He thought Bluebell Wood was a fantastic cause and it is quite close to us as well.

“Everybody just got on board once he decided to do it.”

n Do you know a child who deserves recognition for their charity efforts?

It is easy to nominate them for the Star Superkids awards - which shine a light on brave, talented or inspirational youngsters.

Simply email emma.angell@jpress.co.uk with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description, under 100 words, of why they should be a Superkid by Friday, or write to Superkids, Promotions department, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.