A boy from Hoylake has had his fabulous golden locks cut so that it can be made into a wig for boys and girls who have lost their own through cancer treatment and other illnesses. Toby Wheeler, a year six pupil at Holy Trinity Primary, first decided three years ago to grow his hair so that less fortunate children could benefit.
The cut took place in the school yard where Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood was on hand to cut the first braid, before hairdresser Claire Whiteley from Oasis Hair Design stepped in to finish the job. More than 200 of Toby's fellow pupils chanted his name as they watched his distinctive tresses disappear.
Toby's hair will be given to the Little Princess Trust, a children's cancer charity whose mission it is to supply real hair wigs to children across the UK and Ireland who need them. As well as donating his hair, Toby has raised nearly £600 for the charity, with more than 50 people giving to the cause up to now.
Margaret Greenwood MP said: “I was delighted to be asked to play a part in the cutting of Toby’s hair. He is a real inspiration to the other children in his school who were all very excited to watch proceedings in the playground. The money Toby has raised and the beautiful hair he is donating will be very much appreciated by the Little Princess Trust and all of those who will benefit.”
Toby commented: “My hair feels much lighter and I’m thinking about giving skydiving a go next.”
To date the Little Princess Trust has have given away over 5,000 free wigs. There is more information about the charity on their website: www.littleprincesses.org.uk
Toby has a just giving page at: www.justgiving.com/Tobysbighaircut