Doncaster schoolboy's amazing gesture to support step brother's cancer battle

Just having his head shaved to support his step brother’s cancer battle was not enough for Doncaster youngster Kobi Laybourne.
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That is because the 11-year-old from Stainforth spent more than two years growing it long first, to make sure that there would be enough to make a wig.

Kobi decided he wanted to do something in support of his 26-year-old step brother Adam after Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumour nearly three years ago.

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Adam is still battling the illness, having undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Kobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with his parents Kelly and Paul before the event. Picture: NDFP-14-02-20 AshHill CharityHaircut 1-NMSYKobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with his parents Kelly and Paul before the event. Picture: NDFP-14-02-20 AshHill CharityHaircut 1-NMSY
Kobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with his parents Kelly and Paul before the event. Picture: NDFP-14-02-20 AshHill CharityHaircut 1-NMSY

After researching what he could do, Kobi decided to do something for the Little Princess Trust – a charity that provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, often due to cancer treatment.

The only problem was, he had very short hair.

So Kobi spent the next two years growing his hair long enough to make a wig.

And now he has finally had it all cut off in front of hundreds of his school friends at Ash Hill Academy, Hatfield, at a special event which has raised around £1,600 for the trust.

Kobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with Libby Clark, 12, Kenzy Bennett, 15, Charlene Smith, Barber, John Higgins, Principal, Michelle Wilkinson, Year seven learning mentor, and his mum Kelly Laybourne.Kobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with Libby Clark, 12, Kenzy Bennett, 15, Charlene Smith, Barber, John Higgins, Principal, Michelle Wilkinson, Year seven learning mentor, and his mum Kelly Laybourne.
Kobi Laybourne, 11, pictured with Libby Clark, 12, Kenzy Bennett, 15, Charlene Smith, Barber, John Higgins, Principal, Michelle Wilkinson, Year seven learning mentor, and his mum Kelly Laybourne.
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Adam, and Kobi’s mum and dad Kelly and Paul, attended. Paul said: “Adam had a buzz cut – he was number one or number two on the sides. But he decided he would grow it all out long enough for the Little Princess Trust. Also, if you’re going to do a grand gesture it needs a lot of hair! The turn out at school was fantastic. It was his idea, and I’m really proud of him.”

The school also declared a non uniform day – so pupils paid 50p each to attend in their normal clothes. That raised around £1,000 for the trust, along with another £600 in donations on the day.

Kobi said he felt his efforts had been appreciated, and said that he was considering growing his hair again for a second go, or some sort of sponsored run.

“It really hit me when I heard Adam had a tumour, so I wanted to do something.

“The hardest thing was being bullied a bit with people saying I looked like a girl. But I would do it all again.”