Selfless Hornchurch 11-year-old braves the shave for ADHD charity which helps little brother
PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:58 19 July 2018
An 11-year-old boy from Hornchurch who has ADHD has raised more than £1,500 by shaving his hair off to help save an important social skills class his younger brother goes to.
Ben Wales, and his younger brother Samuel, 8, both have ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and when Ben heard that the class his brother goes to - run by charity Addup - was going to have to stop because of a lack of funding, he thought shaving his head would be the perfect way to raise money to keep it going.
And he did!
His brother goes to the class every Wednesday, and so far Ben has raised more than £1,500 which means the class can keep going up until Christmas.
The brave 11-year-old who goes to The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School told the Recorder: “I know how much the class has helped my brother so I really wanted it to keep going.
“There’s no words to describe what it felt like having all my hair cut off.
“It was a shock.
“But I know the money will help.”
His dad, Randall Cole, 48, said: “Ben’s only 11 and he had his hair shaved in front of whole school, and it took a tremendous amount of bravery and courage, and even as an adult that’s something I don’t have.”
Another five pupils also decided to support Ben and had their heads shaved for The Little Princess Trust - who provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Sheila Keeling, Chief Executive of Addup said: “Ben was fantastic, he did everything himself.
“He came up with the idea and organised everything with the school.
“He loves his hair, and it always has to be perfect, so I was shocked when he said he was going to shave it off, but he has been absolutely amazing.
“The school have been great too, they also hosted a non-school uniform day where the money was split between ourselves and The Little Princess Trust.”
All the boys hair was cut by Sam Prior and Hannah Remmington from Mr Barbers.
“It was amazing. There were about 1000 children watching and friends of the boys were coming up and hugging them, they were all so supportive,” Sam added.
To donate to Ben’s fund go to his crowdfunding page.