Rugby woman having her hair cut off to help save brave Finley

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A woman is having her beautiful blonde locks chopped off to help save the life of a little boy who has weeks to live.

Mellanie Furniss wants to raise funds and awareness to help six-year-old Finley Morris, who is battling leukaemia.

His parents, Carole and Jason, say a stem cell transplant is his last hope of a cure.

They are appealing for people to come to be tested as a potential donor and get on the transplant register.

Mellanie, who lives in Rugby and works at Joe Richards fruit and veg shop in Market Place, wants sponsors to come forward in time for the big snip at the Crow Pie pub on October 19.

“I’m going to invest in some pretty hats,” said Mellanie.

“It’s not just about raising funds but raising awareness.”

Mellanie said she is not afraid of saying goodbye to her hair.

“I just don’t like being centre of attention,” she said.

“I’m hoping lots of people will support me. Sponsors are welcome to come into the shop to make a donation.”

Mellanie would like to thank everybody who has sponsored her so far.

“My colleagues have been brilliant,” she said.

Mouth swabs will be taken at the fun day in the hope of finding of match for Finley.

Mellanie heard about the youngster’s plight from her best friend Sharon Morris.

“Finley’s mum is my cousin and as soon as I found out I knew I had to do something to help,” said Sharon.

“He has had aggressive chemotherapy but he hasn’t responded to it – about one in 300 don’t respond to it.

“The only thing that will save his life now is a suitable stem cell match.”

She said all his family, who live on the Isle of Wight, have been tested without success.

“I am urging people to get on the register,” said Sharon.

“It could save a life.”

Everyone is welcome to the charity day at the Crow Pie in Bilton.

For more information telephone Sharon Morris on 07564 093005.

Money is also being raised for CLIC Sargent, a charity that helps children with cancer. If you would like to get registered, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk. The charity will send a home swab kit, which recipients simply need to post back.

People need to be aged between 17 and 55 to be accepted onto the register. To get your name on the stem cell register, people need to be aged 17 to 55.