SIX teenagers from Upton-by-Chester High School were caught short when they decided to raise funds for charity.

Josh Brown, Dominic Hadley, Chris Young, Jacob Evans, Sam Jones and Will Dunn were concerned for a friend and fellow pupil who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. All six teenagers had their hair cut very short (a grade 2 in hairdressing terms) as a gesture of solidarity and support.

Staff at the school were so impressed with their gesture that they put on a non-uniform day last Friday to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s oncology unit.

Yesterday, five of the boys were able to present a cheque for £1,361.44 to Jeanette White from Alder Hey.

The sixth friend Sam Jones, who wasn’t present for the photograph, has raised an additional £1,200 through sponsorship of his hair cut via the JustGiving website.

Headteacher Jane Holland, said: “We admire the boys for their action in support of their friend. The non-uniform day has enabled them also to support the excellent work done at Alder Hey Hospital, work which has helped many young people from our community to overcome medical conditions and to make a complete recovery.

“Well done to the boys and thanks to all our students and parents who contributed.”

Jo Henwood