Josh Coates from Ballymena has raised well over £800 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice by sacrificing his treasured shoulder length hair.
The Slemish College student, now sporting an unfamiliar short back and sides is also donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust who make Children’s wigs.
Tracy Stewart, stylist of Code Red in Grennvale Street, Ballymena, cut and restyled his hair.
Proud mother, Hazel Coates added: “The response has been absolutely incredible and the money is still coming in. I am very proud of Josh. He made the decision to get a new look and then having read about other young people using hair cuts to raise money, he thought he would do likewise and selected the Children’s Hospice.
“We would like to thank our friends and family, Slemish College, and the Salon customers who were all very generous.”
Catherine O’Hara, Community Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Josh for supporting the Children’s Hospice and raising such a fantastic amount of money.
“It is thanks to the support of local communities across Northern Ireland and young people like Josh that we are able to continue providing much needed support to children and their families.”
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
Practical, emotional and bereavement support is also provided for the entire family.
Care is provided at the Children’s Hospice buildings in Newtownabbey and Killadeas, and also in local communities across Northern Ireland.
If you would like to hear more about the work of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice or would like to help fundraise, please contact Catherine O’Hara on 075 1506 3303 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com.