Thoughtful Hartlepool boy William Carberry has grown his hair for two years to help others.
He has done it just so he can help sick children to enjoy a better life, by making sure they can have wigs as they battle illness.
The 11-year-old has lengthened his locks so he can have it all cut off next month.
And that will mean his hair can go to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs to boys and girls who have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
And in another caring twist, William persuaded his mum Melanie Carberry to have her own hair cut off so that another child can benefit.
Mum-of-three Melanie described her son’s efforts as amazing. The generosity of the Golden Flatts Primary School pupil does not end there either.
He is very determined and really wants to do something for other children. He is hoping to raise as much money as possibleMelanie Carberry, mum of William Carberry
He is also getting sponsorship for his haircut, with the money going to Kevs Klub – a social organisation in the town which provides a safe place to socialise, relax and make new friends,
And that means £200 will go to a cause close to home.
Proud Melanie, 33, who is also mum to Leoni, 12, and Alexander, nine, said the whole initiative was down to William.
William’s hair is now 11 inches long, and seven inches of that will go to the Little Princess Trust when it is all chopped off next month.
The haircut will be done on November 7 and Melanie is currently looking for a hairdresser to do it.
Melanie, who runs an alternative gift shop called Soap & Soul in the indoor market within the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool, added: “I am extremely proud. William spent two years getting his hair long and being teased for looking like a girl.
“But he is very determined and really wants to do something for other children.
“He is hoping to raise as much money as possible.”
She said the whole idea started when William met a little boy in a park who had no hair, and it prompted her son to decide to help others.
For more information on Kevs Klub, visit http://www.kevsklub.webs.com/
l And to find out more about the Little Princess Trust, go to http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/