A 13-year-old boy from Northampton has donated two feet of his own hair to make wigs for children suffering from cancer.
Ethan Thompson, of St James, decided it was time for a trim but felt that he had “too much to throw away” so he pledged instead to donate it to the Little Princess Trust. Not only that, but in doing so he has raised more than £450 for local children’s cancer charity Alfe’s Cause.
Well-known among friends and family for his long locks, Ethan originally aimed to raise just £100 with the challenge, but a flood of donations sent the total to £450 - and it’s still rising.
Ethan said: “I have always had extremely long hair for a boy and I’m used to people thinking I am a girl, but it never bothered me.
“Recently I decided to have it cut, so thought I could do it to raise money for charity.
“I have too much hair to just throw away so my mum suggested that we send it off to be made into a wig for children going through chemotherapy or children with alopecia.”
Ethan had a total of two feet of hair cut off at Conrad’s Barbers in St James’ Road.
Karen Rogers, founder of Alfe’s Cause inspired by her son who has B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, said: “We appreciate all people who choose to raise funds for Alfe’s Cause, but I think it is extra special when a child decides to support other children.”