A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who has been growing his hair since the age of four has braved playground jibes and teasing to help children with leukaemia.
When Malachai Caswell-Jones from Aldford saw a TV programme two years ago about youngsters losing their hair from the disease, he decided he wanted to grow his own locks in order to make a wig for bald children.
The Saighton Primary School pupil has not had a haircut since, and now sports his tresses right down to the bottom of his back, which has led to some playful teasing from his classmates, who say he looks like a girl.
But next week Malachai will have his strands chopped off and donate them all to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real wigs to children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment.
The charity use 120g of donated hair to make a wig for a child which usually equates to about seven separate hair donations.
So far, Malachai has raised £229 of his £325 target from sponsorship, and, desperate to raise as much as possible, he has even been donating his own pocket money to the fund.
His father Michael spoke of his pride for Malachai, who will have his hair cut for free at his school on July 6 by Stephen Pritchard of Head Office Hair and Beauty in Vicars Cross.
He said: “We are all extremely proud of Malachai, it has completely been his own idea, he was just very touched by the programme he saw two years ago.
“I think he’s an inspiration really, he’s had to put up with teasing from people calling him a girl but he’s just taken it all in his stride because this is something he really wanted to do,” he added.
“I think more kids Malachai’s age should be like him.”
To donate to Malachi’s fund, visit www.justgiving.com/malachai.