Welwyn Garden City youngster raises hundreds for cancer sufferers

Jay Lynch, of Welwyn Garden City, before and after the big cut.

Jay Lynch, of Welwyn Garden City, before and after the big cut.


A Welwyn Garden City boy has raised over £700 for charity after being inspired by his brave aunt’s battle with cancer.

Jay Lynch after his hair cut.Jay Lynch after his hair cut.

Jay Lynch, 10, of Haldens, has raised £740 for Macmillan Cancer Support after he grew his hair for a year and donated the seven-inch locks to the Little Princess Trust.

The youngster was inspired to raise funds for the charity that supports cancer sufferers after his aunt Claire Fitzgerald, 30, suffered with Lymphoma.

Claire was just 29 years old when she was diagnosed in the summer of 2016 and lost her hair due to treatment.

Jay’s mum Debbie Lynch, 32, said: “When I told Jay he was so upset, he didn’t really understand but he decided to grow his hair out to support both of these charities.”

Jay Lynch before the cut.Jay Lynch before the cut.

In July 2017 Claire was declared clear of Lymphoma.

Debbie added: “I am very proud that he has taken on this challenge to help others less fortunate than himself.

“His hair got so long that it would really annoy him as people would stare in public and kids would comment at school.

“I told him he could stop whenever he wanted but he was so determined to grow it out to the seven inches that the Little Princess Trust needs to make a wig.”

Jay Lynch during his hair cut.Jay Lynch during his hair cut.

On September 30, Jay finally got the hair cut off at Scotts Barbers in Panshanger.

He said: “I feel happy and proud to have raised so much money for two charities.

“I’m getting used to my new hair cut but it felt very weird at first.”

Jay’s step-dad Neil said: “I couldn’t be prouder of Jay.

“The whole family was affected by Clare’s cancer and Jay managed to take a bad situation and put a positive spin on it, for that I would like to thank him.”

Jays sister Zoe, 13, added: “At least he will stop using my hairbrushes now.”

•To donate visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/jay-lynch/?edit=1&utm_campaign=30107_Shave%20day%20%28General%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=BTS_Email&dm_i=2UFY,N8B,4ZPMO3,1LS1,1

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