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Charity Head Shave
A big-hearted schoolboy was so touched by the TV fundraiser ‘Stand up for Cancer’ he organised a sponsored head shave.
However, organising a fundraiser is no straight forward task for 11-year-old Crosshouse Primary pupil, Connor Pollock, as he has Asperger’s Syndrome.
And just a year ago Connor found it extremely difficult to even approach other people let alone talk to them to ask for sponsorship.
But unbeknown to mum, Simone, her son, who attends the specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Base at Crosshouse Primary, drew-up his own sponsorship form and went round his neighbours’ doors in Kittochside and collected money.
He then went to his mum, who initially wasn’t too keen on him shaving his head, with the sponsorship money saying he “had to get it done now”.
So far, Connor has raised £156 for Cancer Research – and his mum couldn’t be prouder.
Simone said the turnaround in Connor since he started attending the ASD base at Crosshouse a year ago has just been amazing.
“He would have never had the confidence to knock on people’s doors – he could barely make eye contact with our neighbours before.
“So, for him to do this is such an achievement.
“It all began after he watched some of the ‘Stand up for Cancer’ programme on TV – again, something he would never have been able to do before because he would have found it far too upsetting and didn’t have the mechanisms to cope with it.
“He went on and on about wanting to raise money by doing a sponsored head shave, which I didn’t want him to do at first.
“Eventually he just took it upon himself to organise the sponsorship money so we had to let him do it.
“He has such a kind heart and wanted to do something to help other people and we couldn’t be prouder of him.”
Simone went on: “Connor previously attended mainstream school but wasn’t coping at all.
“I had to fight tooth and nail for years to get him into the base at Crosshouse, but it has all been worth it.
“In the space of a year he is a different wee boy. They have managed to turn his confidence around.
“He used to come into work with me sometimes and despite the fact he has known my colleagues for years, he wouldn’t even make eye contact with them.
“When he comes in with me now they can’t believe it is the same boy.
“Connor latterly had a horrendous time in mainstream school and there are countless families out there who are probably in the same position – the support just isn’t there for the children or their families.
“But what he has done recently just shows I was right to fight for Connor all along and shows with the right support just what these children can achieve.
“What the staff at the ASD base at Crosshouse has just been phenomenal.
“They have taught him so many techniques for coping with situations he could have never dealt with before.
“I was a bit worried how he would handle having his head shaved because children with Asperger’s don’t always deal with change well, but he was absolutely fine with it – and I have even got used to it now.”