TWO years ago, Sheldon schoolboy Daniel Jones’ beloved grandfather died and his grandmother had a heart attack.
The shock of the two incidents occurring just two months apart triggered a condition known as alopecia universalis in which the sufferer loses all of the head and body hair.
Today, young Daniel, who is seven, has come to terms with the upsetting condition and his mum Kellie is now trying to raise awareness.
The 32-year-old said: “My son was very close to my dad and is to my mum. He developed a couple of round bald patches at the back of his head so he was referred to a dermatologist who said it was alopecia.
“But while waiting for his next appointment, Daniel’s hair rapidly fell out including his eyebrows and eyelashes. The consultant said he had alopecia universalis and his hair wouldn’t grow back.
“We left the hospital with a sheet of paper explaining the condition and nothing else. We felt very alone and in the dark.”
Kellie, who lives with her son in Church Road, researched alopecia on the internet and soon found help and advice through the alopecia awareness support group. They also ran a group for children called bebold.
Thanks to time spent with other young sufferers at a camp in Scarborough, Daniel is now happy and his friends at Elm Farm School are also understanding.
And mum Kellie, a part-time student, went a step further and had her head shaved earlier this month at a charity disco to raise funds for alopecia awareness.
“I did have hair past my shoulders but I wasn’t nervous. I did it not just for Dan but to help other people with the condition to know there are people out there they can talk to including myself.”
Visit www.bebold.org.uk and www.alopecia-awareness.org.uk for information