Charlie sheds his shield for children's charity
Scottish schoolboy Charlie Marsden is parting with something he loves this autumn – his long brown hair.
Charlie’s been growing his hair over the past four years, and has faced unwanted attention from playground bullies, receiving negative comments from kids and adults alike.
But in a bully-defying move, he’s decided to donate his mane to the Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss due to cancer treatments.
After the cut, Charlie, who says he often hides behind his ‘beloved shield', is planning to grow his hair long again and make another donation to the charity.
Shy, quiet and strong
Proud mum, Jillian Mclaren says: "Charlie wants to help other children who need hair as he would hate to have no hair.
And also to show the kids who picked on him for being 'different' that he is a strong person on the inside although very shy and quiet.”
She adds: “In fact, kids who have picked on Charlie are now coming up to him in the playground and congratulating him.”
So far the fourteen year old has raised more than £1,600, smashing his £500 target.
His courage has attracted a lot of attention, with many people who donated leaving heartening messages of support.
One person wrote: “I will happily donate because you're kind and awesome. You are giving a child confidence and self-esteem that they will truly need while they battle cancer.”
Monica Glass, charity manager at the Little Princess Trust, also praised Charlie’s fundraising efforts.
“What an incredible young man. Charlie's hair will be blended with other similar contributions to make a wig for a poorly child and the amazing amount that he has raised will purchase at least four other wigs.
The fact that BT MyDonate does not charge a processing fee, means that this extra £100 can be put towards the purchase of a further wig.”
My Donate app
Mum Jillian explains why Charlie is raising money with MyDonate:
“We chose MyDonate as I read that 100 per cent of donations go to the charity. It's easy to use and the MyDonate app is great for a 'quick check' on totals raised.”
Charlie has a message for all his supporters: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and is supporting me. You are doing a wonderful thing in helping children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment. You are amazing people.”