A SIXTH form student has had a drastic hair change to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Nadeem Saleem, who lost two family members to cancer, has had his hair shaved off to help other patients suffering with the disease.

The Claires Court student is very passionate about helping cancer sufferers in any way he can.

He said: “I lost my grandmother and aunt to cancer when I was only an infant and recently my mother attended a funeral of a Year 2 pupil, a child, who had brain cancer and sadly passed away due to her tumour.

“It is a huge issue in this day and age and I felt it was essential I did something to support the cause for a cure.”

Nadeem started his support by volunteering at a Cancer Research UK charity shop. He added: “I wasn’t making the impact I so desperately wanted to make, which was helping others beat this disease.

“I love to help others, it gives me life. I’m aspiring to become a doctor one day so that I can use this passion to help save lives, and hopefully one day find the cure for this disease that is one of the leading causes of death in the world.

“Hearing about the child who passed away, only solidified the decision I made, which was to shave my head. It was a spontaneous, big decision, sacrificing my comfort for the chance that others can survive, but it is the least I can do to help other people.”

Through donations and sponsorship, Nadeem has raised about £800 so far for Cancer UK and shaved off his hair last Thursday.

He said: “Friends, family and staff have been very supportive and generous; I have exceeded my target on my JustGiving page. It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving, and helping a person won’t necessarily change the world, but it will change the world for that person."

“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, 'because of you I didn’t give up'. ”

To add to Nadeem’s fundraising, donate through his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nadeem-saleem1.