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Boy has first ever haircut, aged nine, to help children with cancer

PUBLISHED: 14:31 19 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:31 19 August 2020

Reilly Stancombe before and having his first ever haircut at Masters & Misters barbers in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex  Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Reilly Stancombe before and having his first ever haircut at Masters & Misters barbers in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Nine-year-old Reilly Stancombe had never had a haircut – but has now had his long locks chopped off to be made into wigs for children with cancer.

Reilly Stancombe before having his first ever haircut   Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WireReilly Stancombe before having his first ever haircut Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Reilly, of Little Clacton, was inspired to grow his hair long by footballer Gareth Bale.

He said of his first haircut: “I was scared, I have to admit.”

But, commenting on his new shorter style after a trip to the barbers, he said: “I love it.”

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Reilly is donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs.

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.

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.

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