Charlie sets a date for an important haircut
It’s been a busy time for 14 year old Charlie Marsden since he decided to cut his long hair for charity earlier this year.
Raising money with MyDonate, Charlie initially set a target of £500 for the Little Princess Trust a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss due to cancer treatments.
But his story touched many hearts across the nation and so far he’s received more than £3,000. That’s enough to provide real hair wigs for eight children suffering with cancer.
Working with his hairdresser to make sure his locks are in the best condition, and the right length - hair must be at least 17cm long for the wigs - Charlie has now set a date for the big chop, 21 October.
Charlie’s mum Jillian will be there on the big day, and she’s feeling a little apprehensive.
“I think I am more nervous about the hair cut than Charlie - I can't remember what he looks like with short hair!”
“Though Charlie isn’t keen on being the centre of attention, he is both excited and nervous and also extremely proud of himself.”
This courage has attracted the attention of local, social and national media with Charlie accepting an invitation to talk on local radio.
A particular highlight was meeting his favourite writer, Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series of children’s books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Though he didn’t talk to Derek about his fundraising, Charlie was thrilled the novelist signed his book .
Charlie talked about being bullied for his long hair, and made it clear he’s planning on re-growing his tresses and making more donations, to keep on raising awareness for the Little Princess Trust.
The charity has been thrilled with his efforts as Monica Glass, charity manager, confirms:
“What an amazing effort! In addition to Charlie's wonderful donation of hair, he has also raised money! Thanks to his kind and generous supporters he has raised enough for the charity to purchase a further eight wigs for children that have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy or as a result of illness. What a marvelous young man!”
By using MyDonate Charlie has chosen a fundraising platform which doesn’t charge commission fees making sure an extra £115 reaches the charity.
Monica says: “Every penny does count for us. The £115 would be put towards another wig for another child or it is enough for us to send out 130 of our fundraising packs to supporters - who knows where that might lead!”
You can donate to Charlie at his BT MyDonate fundraising page.