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Tydd St Mary mum's cancer battle inspires her ex Spalding Grammar School son to raise cash for hospital

A mum's battle against breast cancer has inspired her student son to fundraise ... and to show solidarity by having his head shaved.

Ex Spalding Grammar School pupil Harry Pratt (19), who is studying Maths at the University of York, has so far raised more than £2,800 for the unit where his mum, Tracy, is being treated.

"My original target was £250," said Harry. "I thought that was quite an ambitious target."

Gary, Tracy, Maisie and Harry Pratt. (5429836)
Gary, Tracy, Maisie and Harry Pratt. (5429836)

Tracy has already had one operation at Peterborough and there will be a second on Tuesday, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

As hair loss is an unfortunate side effect of 'chemo', Harry will have his head shaved the following day at uni and hopes now to push his fundraising total to £3,000-plus.

Students who donate £10 or more will get a turn with the razor if they wish.

Writing on his JustGiving page, Harry explains: "Not only is this a great way to raise money, but hopefully it will make my mum feel less alone and show her that you don’t need hair to look good."

While Harry is 100 miles away, his dad Gary and sister Maisie (17), who goes to Spalding High School, are offering all the support they can on the Tydd St Mary home front.

Harry says: "My sister is doing something further down the line for the oncology unit at Peterborough."

Harry says one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, and breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.

He said: "We can’t let this continue, and the only way we will beat cancer is together."

Harry says his mum is doing OK at the moment.

"She seems in good spirits," he said. "She seems happy."

To add to Harry's fundraising, please visit JustGiving and type Harry Pratt into the search box, and that will bring up his crowdfunding page.

You can also donate by clicking here.


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