“The fact it’s a children’s charity made him even more determined and he’s a very kind, caring and compassionate young man” – schoolboy Thomas braves the shave for EACH

A kind-hearted schoolboy with a passion for helping others parted with his “luscious locks” to raise money for charity. Thomas Peddel, 11, had his head shaved to show support for EACH – in the process raising a fantastic £553.

Thomas’ curly hair was cut by class-mates during his summer fete at Acton Primary School, near Sudbury. He picked EACH after discovering more about the charity’s work from cousin Anna Bruce, who is a Community Fundraising Assistant at The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

Proud mum Steph said: “It was an incredible thing to do and all Thomas’ idea. He’s very proud of his curly hair – his luscious locks as I call them – so it was a big thing to do. He wanted to do something because we’ve lost several members of our family in the last 18 months. I have a chronic illness myself which he supports me with on my bad days. Thomas wanted to show his support for a worthy cause and decided upon EACH after chatting to Anna. The fact it’s a children’s charity made him even more determined and he’s a very kind, caring and compassionate young man.

“He’s still getting used to his new look and I know he misses his hair, which was a big part of him. He says it feels weird but he’s certainly pleased he did it and has been taken aback by everyone’s reaction and the amount raised. As a family, we’re all extremely proud.”

The head shave took place on Friday, 7th July.

Thomas is in Year Six at Acton Primary School and starts at Ormiston Sudbury Academy in September.

He said: “I’m proud of achieving my fundraising goal and doubling it! I did this because I have lost a lot of people in my life to cancer and I wanted to help families through EACH.”

Thomas lives in Acton with mum Steph, dad David and 14-year-old sister Violet.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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