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VIDEO: Watch schoolboy have his (exceptionally) long hair cut for charity

An Aberdeenshire pupil was a cut above the rest yesterday after donating his locks to a national charity.

Christy Probart, from Banchory-Devenick primary school had 15 inches (40cms) of his hair chopped off in aid of the Little Princess Trust.

The charity, which provides real wigs to boys and girls who have lost their hair through cancer treatment, will now receive Christy’s hair as well as £200 which was raised through an online donations page.

The 12-year-old decided to raise money for the cause after his former head teacher, Mrs Michelle Taylor, donated her hair to the trust last September.

Christy said: “I’ve only ever had a trim, but never a proper haircut.

“I was inspired by our former head teacher who donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust in September last year.”

Christy’s mum, Janet Thompson, yesterday said she was very proud of her son and that he looked very “grown up” with his new haircut.

She added: “Initially, I was going to be there to cut the plaits off myself, but I couldn’t make it in the end. But when the school sent over ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, I couldn’t believe it.

“40cm is so much hair, but I think he looks lovely, he looks so different and grown-up and ready to go to academy.

“His hair was incredibly long for a boy, so he said at the end of this school year, he wanted to do the same thing as Mrs Taylor.

“The long hair definitely represented the young him, but with the short hair I think he’s ready to go up to academy and start the next chapter.”

Mrs Thompson also said she was amazed by the online support her son had received.

She added: “It has been amazing, he only decided to do it over the last week and we’ve managed to raise over £200 which has really spurred him on, especially this morning when he was getting a bit nervous.

Miss Siobhan Rynne, Christy’s P7 teacher, helped to set up the Just Giving page.

She said: “We’re very proud of Christy for doing this for such a worthy cause. He’s received a lot of support from friends, family, pupils and parents at Banchory-Devenick school.

“Everyone came in to watch him get the plaits cut. I think he now looks like the scientist he wants to be when he grows up.”

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