18-year-old Harry Doxsey is preparing to have his head shaved to raise funds for an organisation close to his heart: Gloucestershire Young Carers.
He has chosen to rise to the head-shave challenge after receiving support from the charity for many years.
He was referred to Gloucestershire Young Carers when he was just 10 due to the fact his brother has multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy and epilepsy, speech and language difficulties, severe anxiety, social communication issues and learning difficulties. He initially attended one of the charity’s respite support groups. As he grew older he then received one to one support from the Young Adult Carer support worker who has helped with support into employment and included him in residentials and away days.
Harry was recommended to join the charity’s young carers’ Forum, a group of young people who act as the ‘voice’ of their peers. He has, during his time with the Forum, been involved in developing strategies for partner agencies, has met with key members of society and even presented a bouquet to the Duchess of Gloucester during her visit to the charity.
Despite facing his own challenges, Harry was recently taken on as an intern at The Jury’s Inn, Cheltenham working in the Juvenate Leisure Club which is managed by 3D Leisure.
Manager Rob Orme says: “This is the first time we have had an intern. We have a close team here and Harry has fitted in very well. He supports the staff and is brilliant with the clients.
“We are delighted to support him in his fundraising event. Jury’s Inn have been raising funds for Gloucestershire Young Carers for the past year.
Harry’s mum Kerry says: “Going out and speaking to people on behalf of Gloucestershire Young Carers helped build Harry’s confidence and he really enjoys his time there.”
The event will be held at Jury’s Inn, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham. GL51 OTS at 12.45pm on March 25th.
Please support Harry here: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harry-doxsey