Close shave to support Marling School sixth form student Will Smith who has leukaemia

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RUGBY players and teachers at Marling School's sixth form had a close shave on Friday to show their support for team mate Will Smith who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Students and teachers, including Tim Byford, head of sixth form, had their heads shaved by staff from the Nailsworth-based Gyles Allen hair salon during their lunch break in the Downfield lecture theatre.
They are hoping to raise more than £2,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust - a charity which has supported Will, 16, over the last few weeks.

Will was diagnosed with leukaemia last month and spent three weeks at the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at Birmingham Hospital.

He is no longer able to play rugby but can attend school, where he is studying for A-levels in psychology, philosophy and ethics, English literature and history.
Friend Joe Marshall, 16, said: "It is a bit of a sacrifice but it is nothing compared to what Will is going through. We wanted to show him that he is still part of the team and raise money for a good cause."
Will, who lives with his parents Jilli and Michael and sister Florie, 14, in Nailsworth, said: "It is amazing what the lads are doing to show their support. When I was told about it I was really overwhelmed.
"The support from the Teenage Cancer Trust has been incredible. Having people around you the same age going through the same thing makes it a lot easier and the ward is well equip for teenagers with musical instruments, televisions and Xboxes."

Will will now undergo further treatment and will be in and out of hospital over the coming months.
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