Locks are the key to Joseph’s fund-raising

Joe Turnbull, Claire Kilgour
Joe Turnbull, Claire Kilgour

It was a close shave for pupil Joseph Turnbull as he lopped his locks for charity.

The 15-year-old Morpeth youngster came up with the hair-raising challenge in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

And to ensure maximise fund-raising potential, he underwent the dramatic transformation in the middle of the school hall at King Edward VI School, with teachers and fellow pupils invited to take part in trimming his tresses in return for a donation.

Family friend Claire Kilgour was at hand to complete the shave.

It resulted in £159 being raised on the day, and with support from friends, family and the school, the total to date is £698, with more donations coming in.

Joseph said: “A lot of my friends didn’t believe me when I told them I was going to shave my hair off as I’ve had long hair for years now and I guess it’s a big part of my life.

“I’m overwhelmed with all of the support I’ve received from the school as I wasn’t expecting it. Having my hair shaved has been a great experience. It feels cold now, but I encourage everyone to do it at least once in their life.

“I chose to support St Oswald’s as a few of my friends and family have connections with the hospice as they have used the facilities. I think it’s a great local charity and it definitely has a place in the community.”

The hair-shave was watched by Joseph’s mum Penny. She said: “At first I didn’t want Joe to shave all his hair off, but he was adamant. I think he’s been very brave and I’m so proud.”