A GROUP of Glasgow students have braved the shave in a bid to raise cash in honour of their pal's cancer battle.

A total of 13 University of Strathclyde students went bald to join the fundraising effort for the Beatson Cancer Charity which was kick-started by Hal Dhami.

The 21-year-old, from Bishopbriggs, was diagnosed with stage two testicular cancer in November after discovering a lump in his scrotum two months prior.

Speaking shortly after his diagnosis he said: "I discovered a lump in one of my testicles.

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Hal braved the shave

"As someone who checks themselves regularly for this, I knew it was irregular and made an appointment to see my GP very shortly after ... I’ll be battling this with a smile on my face, and though I’m a tad annoyed at how it will affect my studies, I know I’ll come out the other side perfectly well.

"I will be starting chemotherapy, which will involve me losing my hair. Seeing as how it’s going anyway, and I’ve always wanted to see myself bald, I’ll be shaving it off – to beat the chemo to it and to raise money for the Beatson, where I’ll be making myself comfortable over the next nine weeks (and many more after, so I’m told)."

Despite receiving an operation and a nine-week round of chemotherapy, the chemical engineering student immediately embarked on a fundraising journey hoping to drum up around £250 worth of cash.

But, with the help of his pals, Hal revealed he had raised more than 3460 per cent of initial target, bringing in an incredible £8,651 for the charity.

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Hal's pals got in on the action

Hal said: "I honestly cannot believe the overwhelming amount of support I've received so far - it has been truly astonishing ... Thank you so much to each and every one of you who have donated, and shown support; we managed to make it into the top 1 per cent of fundraisers on JustGiving for November so well done, you should all be proud."

Hal followed through with his promise and said goodbye to his locks in December of last year after being forced to delay the haircut due to having a bad reaction to his treatment which put him back in hospital.

Now, he's encouraging men of all ages to check themselves regularly in order to beat the disease.

He said: “I wanted people, my age especially, to realise that this can happen to anyone and the best thing you can do is to check yourself regularly and try to catch it early.”

In a statement, the Beatson charity added: "A huge thank you to Hal, his friends and to everyone who has donated and helped to spread awareness."

To donate, visit here.