IT’S NOT the kind of thing that’s at the forefront of most 11-year-old rugby players’ minds, but when Henry Thornton decided he wanted to raise some money for charity, he had his head in exactly the right place – because he reckoned he would just shave it.
Henry, who lives in Scarr End Lane, Dewsbury, but goes to St Mary’s Junior School in Batley, thought it would be a good idea to help others after seeing his grandma lose a close friend to cancer last year.
He’s followed in his dad Michael’s footsteps by playing for Dewsbury Celtic since the age of five, and dad and mum Joanne fully supported his sponsored head shave – and what a response Henry had, raising over £1,400 for the Martin House Children’s Hospice.
It’s a charity and a cause that’s been close to the family’s heart for years – his dad and Press publisher Danny Lockwood once pushed each other in a wobbly-wheeled supermarket trolley from the hospice shop in Headingley all the way to the Irish Nash club in Westtown to raise money.
Mum Joanne said: “When Henry started talking about shaving his head, we realised how serious he was about it.
“Full credit to him, he wrote to Martin House himself asking for a fundraising pack.
“We originally thought he might raise a few hundred pounds so we were astounded and overwhelmed at the final amount.”
Henry presented a cheque for £1,410 to the children’s hospice, and said: “I just want to thank everyone who has been so generous and supportive. People have been fantastic and it’s great to be able to do something for such a worthwhile cause.”
It also seems he’s got the fundraising bug – apparently he fancies doing the Three Peaks next!