Jack Blaxill, a student at the Air and Defence College, West Anglia, has pledged to brave the shave and have his 12-inch-long curly locks chopped to raise funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Student braves the shave for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

After studying engineering at High School, Jack made the decision to study an RAF access course at the Air and Defence College, alongside a computer course, with an ambition to pursue a career in the RAF at the age of 18. King’s-Lynn based Jack wants others to benefit from him braving the shave when he goes for the chop.

Jack’s mum, Katie Powley said: “Jack has had his hair long for about ten years, since he was six years old. I’ve always tried to convince him to cut it short, but he’s never wanted to until now! To pursue a career in the RAF he would need to have his hair cut short as a requirement, so he is willing to do this, but he also wants a local charity to benefit at the same time.

“Jack is a little bit nervous to get his hair cut off. He’s a quiet boy but studying an RAF access course has really boosted his confidence – he absolutely loves it! He chose Scotty’s due to its military connection and, in his own words, he wants to ‘play a little part in a big thing’. He just wants to raise as much as possible, his target is £500.”

Jack is also raising money for West Norfolk Deaf Association, a charity he volunteered for whilst gaining his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award which allowed him to gain invaluable work experience and gave him a boost of confidence to go out into the work environment. In addition, Jack’s hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust to help make free wigs for children and young adults up to the ages of 24 who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supported 410 bereaved British military children and young people across the country in 2019 alone. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. 

Scotty’s Little Soldiers does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and Scotty’s helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death. Scotty’s also arranges special experiences for the kids and events where bereaved Forces children from all over the country come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.

Nikki commented; “We can’t thank Jack enough for what he is doing for Scotty’s and the other charities. What an inspirational young man, making such a big decision for him at such a young age. We wish him all the luck in the future for his studies and his career in the RAF. Please help Jack raise much-needed funds! He is really helping our children to smile again.”

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