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Diss sister of Callum Doe shaves her head in fundraiser for East Anglia's Children's Hospices

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A bereaved woman has showed her support for the children’s hospice that cared for her “strong, smiling” brother at the end of his life.

Abi Doe shaved off all her hair this week to raise vital funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).

The charity cared for her brother, Callum, after he was diagnosed with an aggressive grade four brain tumour on Christmas Eve in 2018, when he was just 13.

Miss Doe with her brother, Callum. Picture: EACH (58139627)
Miss Doe with her brother, Callum. Picture: EACH (58139627)

He had an operation to remove as much of the cancer as possible, in addition to two rounds of radiotherapy.

However, he died at The Nook, Each’s hospice in Framlingham Earl, in August 2020.

On Tuesday – which would have been Callum’s 17th birthday – the 20-year-old was joined by friends and family as she said goodbye to her long locks.

Miss Doe after braving the shave. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Miss Doe after braving the shave. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Speaking before the shave, Miss Doe, of Wilby Lane, said: “I’m doing this head shave in memory of my brother, on what would have been his 17th birthday.

“He was planning a charity head shave of his own in August 2020.

“However, he was unable to do so and passed away before it could happen.”

Since Callum’s death, his parents, Michelle and Ian, have also taken on their own fundraising efforts.

A year ago, Mrs Doe ran 874 miles in just nine months – the equivalent of Land’s End to John o’ Groats – raising more than £2,000, while last month Mr Doe matched that figure by cycling 400 miles from Wales to Lowestoft.

“Over the last two years, I’ve watched the incredible fundraising work my parents have done,” said Miss Doe. “I decided I wanted to do my bit but what really solidified the idea was setting up a fundraising page. After that, there was no turning back.”

So far, the former Diss High School student has raised more than £700. To donate, click here.

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