A boy had his first haircut at the age of nine so his long locks could be made into wigs for children with cancer.
Reilly Stancombe, of Little Clacton in Essex, was inspired to grow his hair long by footballer Gareth Bale. Having never had a trim, his locks grew to more than 2ft.
However he took the plunge after seeing photos of children who had lost their hair to cancer.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Reilly admitted his hair was getting ‘a bit too long and it was about time we had it cut.’
He added: ‘I wanted to give it away to the people that had cancer and I saw lots of kids fighting cancer who didn’t have any hair.’
Reilly Stancombe, nine, (pictured) who lives in Little Clacton in Essex, has raised over £3,000 for Little Princess Trust since having his first hair cut
Reilly (pictured before) was inspired to grow his hair to more than 2 feet after becoming a fan of footballer Gareth Bale
Daisy told Good Morning Britain viewers that she had been considering cutting Reilly’s locks for a while. Pictured: Daisy and Reilly
Viewers were impressed and took to Twitter to praise his efforts, with some revealing their children have had similar ideas.
One person wrote: ‘Lovely job Reilly Stancombe! Well done’
Posting a snap of her daughter, another said: ‘@GMB my daughter donated her hair last year and raised £815.’
Reilly explained yesterday that his mother had been considering getting his hair cut for ages but it’s only recently that he decided he wanted to have it cut.
‘I was scared, I have to admit,’ Reilly said of his first haircut.
Reilly’s mother, Daisy Canny, 30, revealed that he had lengthy hair from a young age.
‘He sort of had it shoulder length growing up as a toddler and as he got I older he was inspired by football and he grew it and grew it and grew it and it ended up the two-foot of hair he had,’ Daisy said.
Reilly had his hair cut at Masters & Misters barbers in Clacton-on-Sea on Tuesday.
Commenting on his new shorter style after a trip to the barbers, he said: ‘I love it.’
Reilly who is donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs, was inspired after seeing children who’ve lost their hair to cancer.
Reilly admits he was stunned to see the length of his hair as he held the removed ponytail at Masters & Misters barbers in Clacton-on-Sea (pictured)
Reilly revealed his desire to help children who’ve suffered hair loss because of cancer on ITV’s Good Morning Britain (pictured)
He aimed to raise £100 for the charity, which also helps research projects focusing on finding less toxic treatments for paediatric cancers, but had topped £3,300 on his GoFundMe page by this week.
‘I really hope this will make a lot of people happy,’ said Reilly, adding that he hoped children ‘won’t feel like they’re different any more’ once they have a wig.
Reilly held his long ponytail in his hand after it was cut off at the salon.
‘I was looking at it like ‘What?’,’ he said.
‘I didn’t think it was actually that long, then when I looked at it, it was massive.
‘It felt weird to see it not in my hair, and to be in my hand.’
Reilly’s mother Daisy explained that his hair became his identity before his haircut. Pictured: Reilly before
Daisy said that before his haircut people knew her son as ‘Reilly with the long hair’ and it was ‘sort of his identity really’.
She added that he had never previously had his hair cut but decided to do so to help others.
She explained that Reilly was born with a bowel condition and got the idea for donating his hair when he saw poorly children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he goes for appointments.
Twitter users who spotted Reilly on Good Morning Britain gushed that he had done a ‘lovely job’, as some revealed their own children have had similar ideas
To donate, see https://uk.gf.me/v/c/gfm/reillys-campaign-for-the-little-princess-trust