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Southerns Bolton raises funds for schoolboy suffering from rare cancer


Would you shave your head to raise funds for a young boy who has been diagnosed with a rare cancer? Alfie Jenkinson at our Bolton office has, and we’re all very proud of him.

Connor Wood, who is a nephew of Lee Diggle, one of our installation team at Bolton, has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Connor’s currently undergoing intensive treatment at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, and his family have been told the teenager will have to go to America for three months for proton beam therapy (PBT).

So Alfie Jenkinson stepped up and had his head shaved this week, as part of the ongoing campaign to raise money to pay for the family’s day-to-day living costs while they are in America.

Lee explained: “Connor is such a brave little boy, it’s been heart-breaking to see him go through so much at such a young age. The team at Southerns Bolton has been fantastic at getting behind Connor and his family. Alfie wanted to do more to help so volunteered to have his head shaved.  There have been so many donations from family, friends and colleagues which is fantastic.”

Alfie added: “I heard about Connor when we organised a bake sale at the office to raise some money. Shaving my head seemed a good way for me to help boost funds.”

Connor who attends Ladybridge School in Deane, was a healthy little boy before being diagnosed with the rare cancer in December 2016. Since then he has received intensive chemotherapy treatment and is expected to undergo surgery in April. The family will then travel to America in May for PBT.

The head shave and bake sale raised a total of £540, which was matched by our CEO Andy Kendall-Jones, making a grand total of £1080.  Anyone wishing to make donations can do so at the JustGiving page set up by Connor’s mother Shauna Wood.


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