LESS than 24 hours after Kayden Cantelo saw an optician after complaining of headaches, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and airlifted to the mainland.

Following an MRI scan at St Mary's Hospital, Kayden, 14, was transferred to Southampton General Hospital for an urgent biopsy.

Tests were carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Kayden was diagnosed with a tumour on his thalamus, in the centre of his brain — a rare type of tumour that will require specialist treatment.

It was a huge shock to his family, who were supported throughout the ordeal by the Wight Brainy Bunch, the charity founded by Kathryn and Ryde firefighter Mark Grimes to support Islanders with brain tumours and their loved ones.

His mum, Leanne Cantelo, said: "The doctor told me, 'I’ve never seen this kind of tumour before.' We are waiting for the full results — we’ve been told it’s a low grade tumour and it's not aggressive, but that it is very rare.

“So right now we’re in limbo, we’re just not sure what we’re dealing with.”

Eager to help in any way they could, Kayden's sister, Lilly Cantelo, seven, and cousin Georgia Staley, nine, decided to organise a fundraiser.

They had their long hair chopped on Sunday at Teaze Hair Studio, Carisbrooke, by their auntie, Kerry Kelly — giving their hair to the Little Princess Trust and donations to the Wight Brainy Bunch.

Leanne, who also had her hair cut, said: “Since she was about two, Lilly has wanted hair as long as Rapunzel. Every year, she agrees to have a few inches cut off, but as soon as we get to the hairdressers, she changes her mind and says no.

“But we knew we wanted to do something, and both Lilly and Georgia wanted to help. I explained Kayden might lose his hair, or he might not, and they wanted to do this for the right reasons.

"The Wight Brainy Bunch has been fantastic. Kat has supported us with everything — not just travel costs, which has been incredible — but also support.

"She’s provided us with counsellors, support groups. She’s met me personally to talk it through, and both Mark and Kat came to watch the hair cuts."

They had originally hoped to raise £300, but have increased their target to £2,000 following overwhelming support. So far, they have raised £1,875.

Kayden's schoolfriends also offered to help by organising two car boot sales, which raised £320.

Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/f/ec4mn-chop-chop?member=2733592

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