Courageous Charlie chops lock for charity

Charlie Marsden, 14,  from Jedburgh who raised over �3000 by getting his 16 inch locks shorn for the Little Princess Trust
Charlie Marsden, 14, from Jedburgh who raised over �3000 by getting his 16 inch locks shorn for the Little Princess Trust

A non-conformist Jedburgh teenager is beating the bullies by having his 16-inch-long hair cut off for charity – and then growing it back so that he can do the same again.

Charlie Marsden, 14, has been picked on, laughed at, ridiculed and called a girl by kids and adults alike.

Charlie Marsden, 14,  from Jedburgh who raised over �3000 by getting his 16 inch locks shorn for the Little Princess Trust

Charlie Marsden, 14, from Jedburgh who raised over �3000 by getting his 16 inch locks shorn for the Little Princess Trust

But the brave youngster has recently raised over £3,000 for the Little Princess Trust and vows to do it again as soon as he can.

“I want to keep growing it and donating it until it stops growing,” said Charlie, a S3 pupil at Jedburgh Grammar School.

Charlie was quite calm during the cut, which was done at Jedburgh’s Silhouette Hair Salon, and admits he quite likes the new look but has decided to keep raising funds for the charity who provide real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss.

“I would hate to have no hair myself so it just seemed the right thing to do,” he added.

“My friends and family were shocked when I told them what I was doing but everyone has been so supportive and encouraging.

“My BT mydonate page has been a huge success with support, lovely words and donations from strangers.”

The Little Princess Trust provides wigs free of charge. They work with suppliers and experienced hairdressers who are able to tailor wigs to the individual child’s needs, to give the most realistic look and feel possible.

Charlie’s page is open for another month at bt.com/charlieshair