A caring schoolboy has stayed out of the barber’s chair for more than a year to help poorly youngsters.
Ten-year-old Owen Waudby has been growing his hair so that it can be cut off and made into a wig.
He’s obviously a very thoughtful boy and I think that’s what makes me proudest.Simone Waudby
His hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair following chemotherapy.
He is also raising money for The Christie and has already collected hundreds of pounds.
His mum Simone, of Brentwood Grove, Leigh, said: “It was a bit of a surprise to us. I told him I had heard about a little boy doing it and he decided one day to do the same thing.”
Owen, a pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, also wanted to help as his family was affected by cancer.
Since making the decision, Owen has been getting used to having longer locks and has been complimented for his new look.
Ms Waudby said: “I don’t think it’s bothered him that much. I think one of the aspects of growing his hair would be that it would start getting on his nerves and getting in his way but he hasn’t seemed bothered by it at all.”
Owen is due to go under the scissors in January, as his hair still needs to grow a few more centimetres to reach the length required for a wig.
Ms Waudby said: “There is a minimum length that the hair has to be - it’s 17 or 18cms. It’s currently over 15cms and may be 16, so he does have a couple more centimetres to go.
“I am confident he can do that by the end of January but if not, it might be in February.”
It is not the first time the caring youngster has made a difference.
Last year he took part in the Great Manchester Cycle, covering 15 miles and raising £135 for the British Heart Foundation after his grandmother suffered a heart attack.
And Ms Waudby is very proud of her son’s latest effort.
She said: “I’m very proud of him. He’s done it off his own back and he’s thought about it and taken in what I told him about the story and how lucky he is to be perfectly healthy all his life.
“He’s obviously a very thoughtful boy and I think that’s what makes me proudest.”
To support Owen and make a donation to The Christie, go to www.justgiving.co.uk/owen-waudby.