A FAMILY has been blown away thanks to the ‘phenomenal response’ to their fundraiser.

A fundraiser was launched by 13-year-old Lewis Sterry, from Hawarden, who has decided to brave the shave for Shooting Stars cancer unit in Wrexham.

After setting the target at £300, within just three days they have already raised a staggering £3,000.

The Flintshire teen decided to take part in the fundraiser after his mum, Helen Rees, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago and is set to undergo chemotherapy.

Helen told the Leader: “I’ve been treated at the Shooting Stars Unit at the Wrexham Maelor and they have been absolutely amazing.

“I had both my breasts removed and I’m healing well and doing really well, I’m just waiting for my chemotherapy to start.

“I told the children and Lewis said I can’t go bald on my own so he wanted to shave his off as well. He has never had short hair, he’s always had quite long hair but he wanted to do it to support me.

“We had a discussion and he wanted to set the target at £300 which I thought was ambitious but now it’s gone to over £3,000.

“We’ve been absolutely blown away as a family by everyone’s generosity. Everyone has been so kind, I never thought we would get that amount.”

Lewis is set to brave the shave this Friday at Wepre Park football pitch.

Due to raising so much, Lewis’ dad Darren has also pledged to dye his beard pink in a show of support.

Helen added: “I’ve had five-star treatment on that unit, they are worth every penny they are all absolutely amazing and will be delighted.

“Lewis is a goalkeeper for Mold and Airbus as part of Ben Wynne’s goalkeeping to train and Ben has family members with cancer so he said to do it outside on the pitch.

“With social distancing, it’s much safer and it means his family can come and watch him as well. He’s really looking forward to it.

“We just wanted to give something back to the team and we’ve had a phenomenal response. Everyone coming together has been so lovely.

“I will forever be indebted to them but we would like to thank everyone so much for their support.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-rees-2