Boy, 10, mistaken for a girl after growing hair for charity challenge
Boy, 10, who was mistaken for a girl after challenging himself to grow his hair to make wigs for children with cancer raises £4,000 after having his locks cut for the first time in 2 years
- Thomas Waller, from Broomfield, Chelmsford, decided to grow hair long in 2019
- Has had 14 inches of his thick hair chopped off and sent to be made into a wig
- Wanted to take on challenge after hearing about cancer patients losing hair
- Football team nicknamed him Gareth Bale because of his man bun
A 10-year-old boy spent years growing his blonde hair to chop it off and donate 14in of locks to make wigs for kids with cancer.
Thomas Waller, from Broomfield, Chelmsford, decided to grow his hair long so he could donate it to the Little Princess Trust charity to be made into a wig, in June 2019.
People would constantly mistake him for a girl and his football team nicknamed him Gareth Bale because of his ‘man bun’.
Now two years later, Thomas raised £4,053 for the charity and finally had 14 inches of his thick hair chopped off and sent to be made into a wig.
Thomas Waller, 10, from Broomfield, Chelmsford, decided to grow his hair long so he could donate it to the Little Princess Trust charity to be made into a wig, in June 2019.
After the haircut: Thomas now has shoulder-length curls after having 14 inches chopped off to make wigs for young cancer patients
The schoolboy said: ‘I wanted to make a little child who lost their hair happy.’
Thomas made the decision on his own after hearing about children who had lost their hair through illness.
He told his headteacher of his plans before informing his proud mum Stacy Waller, 47, and dad Stephen, 49, of what he wanted to do for the charity.
Housewife Stacy said: ‘We couldn’t be more proud of Thomas.
Thomas Waller before he started growing his hair long. He made the decision to grow his locks after hearing abotu children who had lost their hair during cancer treatment
The big chop! Thomas finally got his hair cut by Stacy’s friend, Gemma Turner on June 29 at their family home in Broomfield, Chelmsford.
‘He said that one day he had been thinking about children that had been poorly and had lost their hair and how it was unfair and that they must be feeling sad so decided to grow his hair to donate it to make a wig.
‘He told his headteacher what he wanted to do and then came out of school and proudly announced his plan to us.
‘He said that he decided he would grow his hair really long for a child who really needed it.
Thomas had to constantly politely correct people who would mistake him for a little girl, but that never deterred him from completing his own challenge. Right: The youngster was determined to grow his hair ‘really long’ for a child who ‘really needed it’
Thomas Waller with long hair before his haircut. People would constantly mistake him for a girl and his football team nicknamed him Gareth Bale because of his ‘man bun’
‘He grew his hair with pride and in the two years of growing it, he had to constantly and politely correct people who would mistake him for a little girl, but that never deterred him from completing his own challenge.’
Thomas had a lot of support behind him, including from his football team, Broomfield FC.
He finally got his hair cut by Stacy’s friend, Gemma Turner on June 29 at their family home in Broomfield, Chelmsford.
Thomas having his curly hair combed by the hairdresser to smooth it out before the cut (left). The stylist divided his long locks into sections before getting to work with the scissors (right)
Thomas Waller getting his haircut after setting himself a two-year challenge to grow his locks. The young football fan said it feels ‘strange’ not to have long hair anymore, but is happy that his efforts will help a young person who is bald due to cancer treatment
With each wig costing £550, the money Thomas has raised will mean seven can be made for little kids across the country.
Stacy said: ‘Thomas feels happy that it’s been cut off so that a wig can now be made to make a child happy and give them more confidence.
‘He said it does feel strange not having his long hair any more, but he feels very proud that he grew it so long and that he can help so many children with the money raised.’
For more information visit justgiving.com/fundraising/stacy-waller
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