BRAVE teenager Ethan Harris is hoping to leave classmates feeling all shook up when he ditches his school uniform and dons an Elvis outfit for the day.
Ethan, 15, will dress up as his hero on Friday to raise money for the Frenchay After Burns club, a charity that has supported him since he suffered third degree burns to his hands when he was a toddler.
But it’s not the first time that Ethan has dressed up as the King of Pop.
Ethan suffered taunts about his hands throughout his time at Forest View Primary School and when he was seven he decided it was time to stand up for himself.
He enjoyed a day in the limelight at school dressed as Elvis and now, eight years later, he is preparing to do it again – this time at Dene Magna School in Mitcheldean.
“I have always loved Elvis because he was quirky and different,” said Ethan, who lives in Drybrook with his mum Lisa, dad Tim and brothers Gideon, 14, and John-Leslie, 17.
“I want to show people that it is ok to be different and that I am not going to hide from it.
“At the same time it will raise money and awareness for a great charity.”
The courageous youngster spent five weeks in Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, when he was just two years old after he put his hands into a bath of boiling water.
Doctors said he would not have survived if the water was deeper or if he fell in. He still bears the scars.
“I have had so much support from the FAB club and I wanted to give something back” said Ethan, who is going to study catering at Gloucestershire College in September.
“I am quite outgoing and like to be unusual but I am very nervous about how people will react on Friday.
“Hopefully there will be no negativity and everyone will be supportive.”
Ethan is also organising a cake sale at the school on Friday.
His mum Lisa said: “I am extremely proud of him.
“When he was younger he did have problems with bullies and became very withdrawn.
“The charity has given him so much support and now he has so much confidence.
“He is now able to use his experiences to support others with in the club with burns.”
To sponsor Ethan go to www.justgiving.com/ethan-ba-harris