AN EIGHT-year-old boy has raised over £1,000 by donating his hair to a children’s cancer wig charity after growing it for two years.
Oscar Willis, of Grove Park, was inspired to grow his blonde hair after admiring the many wigs worn by his granny, who was going through chemotherapy for cancer.
The Grove Park Primary School pupil decided at the age of six that he was going to grow his hair so that children with cancer could have their own wigs.
After two years of ribbing from his friends about his long locks, Oscar had it all chopped off on Saturday.
His hair was so long that two wigs will be made out of it and given to the Little Princess Trust, a children’s charity which provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Oscar joins singer and The Voice UK coach Jessie J in donating his hair to the charity.
Family and friends have also been donating money to the charity and with £1,300 raised so far, Oscar has definitely broken his £500 target.
His hair was cut by former L’Oreal hairdresser Bradley Petchy-Wright, who is now a teaching assistant at Grove Park Primary. After having it chopped off, Oscar said: “I wanted to grow my hair because I really liked my granny’s wigs and it will help other children. I want one wig to go to a boy and one to go to a girl.
“At first my friends teased me a bit but then they were happy I was growing my hair for charity. I can take the teasing so I think I will do it again but not until I’m grown up. I don’t want to do it too much because I might become bald. It feels quite weird not having long hair now.”
Oscar’s mum, Alex Willis, said the eight-year-old decided to grow his hair all by himself. She said: “His decision came from a very youthful perspective and he dealt with the teasing from friends very well. He always loved the wigs which his granny wore and she told him his hair would make a lovely wig so he just decided to do it. We’re very proud of him.”