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The grandfather of a boy who has a brain tumour has raised more than £7,500 by having his head shaved.

Mr Maurice Walmsley (65) of Bullpit Road, Balderton, had his hair shaved in front of about 200 people at the Rose and Crown, Balderton, on Saturday.

His grandson, Alfie Jack Walmsley (9) of Queen Street, Balderton, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May and has had seven operations and chemotherapy.

He is currently having radiotherapy.

The money Mr Walmsley raised will go towards children’s brain tumour research at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Mr Walmsley, who owns Walmsley Autos Ltd in Balderton, said it was one of Alfie’s wishes for him to have his hair cut.

He said he was renowned for his hairstyle, which was the same for 45 years.

The head shave coincided with Mr Walmsley’s 65th birthday.

“It is the most expensive haircut in Balderton,” Mr Walmsley said.

“Our target was £2,000 but I was surprised by the reaction of people and how generous people have been towards the situation.

“I want to thank everybody who helped raise such a fantastic sum of money.

“Most people have said I look ten years younger.

“I have been in the motor trade for 50 years and have been bald at the front since I was 20.”

Mr Walmsley said he was supported by family, friends, colleagues in the motor trade and corporate sponsors. There were also other donations and a raffle on the night.

Mr Walmsley raised £28 when ladies gave him money to stroke his hair before the shave.

They auctioned a signed Nottingham Forest football shirt given to him by Mrs Ann-Marie Spence, the mother of Joel Picker-Spence (6) of Farndon, who needs a bone-marrow transplant.

Mr Walmsley went to the fun day at Holy Trinity Community Partnership Centre, Newark, in Joel’s honour and they had two signed shirts, so decided to give one to him.

The shave was carried out by Mrs Sally Bastable, the owner of Hairdo’s in St Mark’s Place, Newark.

Donations for brain tumour research can be made online at www.justgiving.com/alfiejackwalmsley

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