Oscar, 11, raises money for Rowcroft and Paignton Zoo

Oscar Medworth who had a fund-raising head shave.

Oscar Medworth who had a fund-raising head shave. - Credit: Archant

Oscar, 11, decided to shave his head and raise money for not one but two good causes in Torbay

Oscar Medworth didn't let an operation scar put him off having a fund-raising head shave

Oscar Medworth didn't let an operation scar put him off having a fund-raising head shave - Credit: Archant

Torquay 11-year-old Oscar Medworth is another worthy nomination for the Torbay Weekly Our Heroes accolade.

Oscar took the brave decision to shave his head and set himself an early target of raising £100 for Rowcroft Hospice and Paignton Zoo.

'We are really conscious of charities within our family,' said mum Claire. 'When Oscar was little, he had surgery at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and he gets the importance of charity work.

'It had been on the news that charities are really struggling in lockdown and Oscar's Nan was looked after at Rowcroft which prompted him to come up with the idea of shaving his head for the Hospice. 'Originally, it was just for Rowcroft but then we heard about Paignton Zoo struggling, and Oscar absolutely loves animals, so he decided to split it between the two charities.'

Oscar, who lives with mum Claire, dad Andy and sisters Isobel and Layla, has not only surpassed £100, he has smashed it out of the park, topping more than £1,700 so far.

Claire said: 'Oscar has a beautiful head of hair but underneath there is an epic zig-zag scar from the operation he had at John Radcliffe, which was his skull being remodelled at 18 months old.

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'It does reveal the scar and we sat down with him to make sure he was happy to proceed. We actually recorded it on Facebook Live and we warned people because sometimes his autism makes it difficult for him to cope with something like this, but he was so positive all day.

'It has given him such a massive boost of self-esteem. He is quite proud of what he has achieved.' You can help Oscar achieve even greater heights by visiting https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClaireMedworth

The Torbay Weekly is aiming to thank and recognise those individuals or organisations who are going that extra mile to help others with our Our Heroes campaign which is run in partnership with Majestic Holidays.

If you would like to make a Our Heroes nomination, please send details of who and why with a photograph to torbayweekly@archant.co.uk