Lad’s locks raise cash and help cancer kids

Josh Racey has his hair cut.

Josh Racey has his hair cut.

A teenager has raised almost £500 for charity by having his hair cut off and donating it to make wigs for children with cancer.

Joshua Racey, 17, from Shilbottle, wanted to donate his hair to the Little Princesses Trust, which makes wigs for children who lose their hair through cancer treatments.

But at the same time he decided to raise money for WaterAid which works with poor and marginalised communities to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

The Duchess’s Community HIgh School pupil grew his curly locks until they were midway down his back.

And, in total, six ounces of hair was chopped off at Trimmers in Alnwick, which donated the cut for the Sixth-Form student.

Altogether £484 has been raised so far, but anyone wanting to help increase the total can do so at




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