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​Bramcote School student shaves his hair for the Stroke Association

Press release   •   Jul 18, 2017 10:57 BST

Oliver Walker, a student from the Bramcote School in Nottingham, has raised over £450 for the Stroke Association by shaving off eight inches of his hair.

The 15-year-old was inspired to take on the fundraising challenge for the charity as his grandad had a devastating stroke in 2008 and sadly died three days later.

The head shave took place on Saturday 24 June at the Bramcote School summer fete, to mark the end of Oliver’s GCSE exams.

Oliver said: “My grandad died after having a stroke when I was six years old, so the Stroke Association is a charity that is very close to my heart. I know not everyone would choose to do this, but it’s my way of paying tribute to my grandad, and doing something out of the ordinary for a brilliant cause. I hope the money I’ve raised can help save other families from the pain of losing a close family member or friend to a stroke.

“It was a really lovely day and I was so happy to have my parents, best friends, uncle and grandparents there to support me.”

Lucy Burnip, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “With more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital we have people like Oliver to help raise vital funds for us. We’re incredibly grateful to him for organising his sponsored head shave for the Stroke Association; the money raised will go a long way in helping to support others who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk