Max goes on the attack for charity

Teenage black belt Max Johnston has helped deliver a big blow against cancer – by shaving off all his hair for charity.

The 14-year-old Tae-Kwondo expert decided to organise the chop with a difference to raise money for the Cancer Research UK in memory of his grandad Len, who sadly died earlier this month aged 82.

And after receiving more than £540 in donations and cheered on by family and friends, Max, of Links Avenue, Whitley Bay, had his head completely shaved this week.

Max, who trains at Reflex UK School of Tae-Kwondo, in Park Road, Whitley Bay, said he was overwhelmed by how generous people have been.

He added: “I’m 14 years old but care enough to want to Kick Cancer’s Butt. I worked hard to get my black belt and thought it would be a great idea to work hard at raising money too.

“Hence my slogan ‘Black Belt goes Bald!’ Kicking it for you grandad and all those still kicking it out there.”

Proud mum Deryn said Max’s charity project was all his own idea and she thanked everyone who has supported his efforts.

She said: “He’s been so brave since the death of his grandad and a great support to us and his brother Leo.

“This fundraising project has really has given him a positive focus and I know my dad would be so proud. We certainly are.”

Max’s charity haircut was carried out by Helen Anderson, of Barbers at the Lodge, based in Whitley Lodge, who offered her services free of charge for the event.

Donations in aid of Cancer Research UK can still be made at Max’s online Just Giving account at