According to his mother Daisy Canny, Reilly had the idea to donate his hair after seeing children at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
A nine-year-old boy had his first-ever haircut and he made sure not one strand of his hair went to waste, reports BBC. Reilly Stancombe, of Little Clacton in Essex, kept his hair growing for nine years, and it made its way past his bottom. He had planned to donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust, and he's even raised more than £3,300 for the charity that makes wigs for children with cancer. According to his mother Daisy Canny, Reilly had the idea to donate his hair after seeing children at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Reilly himself has been a patient there, reveals his mother.
Reilly Stancombe from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex has had his first haircut at the age of nine. At more than 2 feet long, his hair was longer than his sister's. More: https://t.co/VaOxE1NiPA pic.twitter.com/9GI38LiOWX— ITV News Anglia (@itvanglia) August 18, 2020
Reilly said he was "scared" about getting his hair cut, but once it was done, he fell in love with his short hair. "I really hope this will make a lot of people happy," he said. Reilly initially aimed to raise £100 for the charity that not only makes wigs, but also helps research projects to try and find less toxic treatments for pediatric cancers. Reilly wishes that the money and the wigs would mean children "won't feel like they're different anymore". Reilley was shocked at how long his hair had grown when he got his hair cut at Masters & Misters barbers in Clacton-on-Sea.
"I was looking at it like 'what?'," he said. "I didn't think it was actually that long, then when I looked at it, it was massive. It felt weird to see it not in my hair, and to be in my hand." Daisy Canny said her son's hair was "sort of his identity really" as he was known as "Reilly with the long hair". A GoFundMe Page for Reilley states: After 9 and half years Reilly has decided to cut his long hair and donate it to the little princess trust in the hope they can make a Wig for a child or young person who needs one. The cut will done by lo at masters & Misters. Please all support his cause.
Reilly Stancombe has just had his first ever haircut at Masters & Misters barbers in Holland-on-Sea in Essex. The nine-year-old has raised over £3000 for the Little Princess Trust and is donating his long hair to be made into wigs for children with cancer pic.twitter.com/gftyAhWD4U— Joe Giddens (@jjgiddens) August 18, 2020
Do you want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money in aid of The Little Princess Trust and every donation will help. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me. More information about The Little Princess Trust: Providing real hair wigs for children and young people suffering with hair loss due to cancer treatment and other Conditions. The charity will also provide financial assistance, where funds allow, for research projects focussing on finding less toxic treatments for paediatric cancers. It's really great to see kids as young as Reilly come forward to make a difference.