A ten-year-old boy who grew his hair for two years has finally said goodbye to his long locks – and had a whopping 12 INCHES chopped off to donate to a cancer charity.
Gabriel Rowcroft-James had a momentous haircut this weekend – his first since he was eight years old – as his wavy, blonde locks, which grew past his shoulders, were turned into a short back and sides.
The youngster first started talking about getting his hair cut around six months ago – but did not want the two years of growth to go to waste.
And when he found out that some charities took donations of hair to make into wigs for other young children, Gabriel got straight down to researching.
The ten-year-old, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, will now be sending off his hair, which measures a foot in length, off to the Little Princess Trust.
Gabriel also recruited mum Rozi, 51, into having her long hair chopped for the charity, too – and Rozi has opted for a short pixie cut, parting with a huge 16 inches of hair.
Rozi, a secondary school Maths teacher, said: “We’re both thrilled with our new haircuts, and with the amount of money we’ve raised.
“We’ve now got enough money for Little Princess Trust to make two and a half wigs.
“Gabriel is delighted. He’s been working really hard promoting the fundraising page around our parish, putting it in the local church news sheet, and talking to his Scouts group about it.
“It’s been fantastic, and he’s really learned a lot about the charity and the wig-making process, and telling other people about it, too.”
And the cut is not the only hair change that Gabriel has made this weekend – as he picked out two cans of hair spray, coloured blue and green, and has been experimenting with the colour, too.
Gabriel said: “It still feels a bit odd when I wake up and realise I don’t have long hair anymore.
“But I like it. I’m changing the colour between green and blue at the moment.
“I was slightly nervous before I got it cut, mainly because I was so used to having it long.
“But I can regrow my hair. I’m donating it for people who can’t, or might not ever be able to grow their hair.”
And Rozi said the cause is one that is close to home for both her and Gabriel – as Gabriel’s dad Mark, 50, lost all his hair during chemotherapy as a young child.
She said: “It’s not something that Gabriel saw or experienced himself, but his dad has told him about it – so this does have a personal level to it for us.”
And Rozi added that both she and Gabriel are “quite excited” about their new hairstyles.
She said: “It’s definitely a change for both of us. It feels quite cold on the back of my neck now.
“It’s going to take a bit of getting used to – but now that Gabriel is a bit older, he has more of his own ideas about how he wants to style it.”
To donate to Gabriel and Rozi, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rozirj.