Kind-hearted Rufus chops hair for charity

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A kind-hearted boy has raised nearly £700 in memory of his great uncle.

When Rufus Stott-Leach’s great uncle died after a battle with cancer, he knew he wanted to do something to raise money for Cancer Research.

Being only nine-years-old, Rufus wasn’t quite old enough to join in the Movember fun, so decided to have a ‘June prune’ instead.

Rufus’ mum, Rachel, 39, said: “When Rufus realised wasn’t going to be able to grow a moustache, he decided to grow his hair really long.

“We set a fundraising target of about £100, but he’s raised nearly £700 now, which is fantastic.

“He has always had long hair and it was a bit of a signature look for him, so I was sad to see it go.”

Rufus, a pupil at Riverside Junior School, had his long locks chopped for free at Jack’s Barber Shop in Hebden Bridge.

Rufus said: “I wanted to do something for quite a while.

“When I was getting my hair cut I felt fine, but then when he got the razor out I started to feel nervous.

“Some people sad I looked different after I’d had my hair cut, one of my teacher’s thought I was a new student and my mum walked past me in the street and didn’t recognise me.”

Now, Rufus has caught the fundraising bug and says he would love to do more to raise money for charity in the future.

“I was amazed when I reached £20 and now I’d like to do a sky dive, but I think that will be a while yet.

“I’d also like to do a bike ride and definitely raise more money.

“So many people suffer and I think I’d like to help other charities too.”