A YOUNG Sheffield boy with a big heart braved the barber’s chair for the first time in more than a year to raise cash for charity.
Nine-year-old Ben Greenhedge, who is autistic, overcame one of his biggest fears to help people with cancer.
The youngster’s condition causes sensory hearing and struggles to process some sounds, such as hairdresser’s scissors.
His parents watched their son’s hair grow longer following an unsuccessful trip to have his barnet trimmed.
But Ben, of Chapeltown, Sheffield, decided enough was enough when a loved one died from cancer – and vowed to shed his locks for Cancer Research UK.
Mum Sarah Greenhedge, 37, said: “The last time I took Ben to the hairdressers he came out without a cut and four rollers in his hair.
“He was picking up everything in the salon because he was so anxious. I had to take him out.
“He had talked about having his hair cut for a while but his dad and I didn’t want to push it.
“When he told us he’d made up his mind we told him we’d help him get sponsors.
“My husband’s father lost his partner to cancer quite suddenly and that’s why Ben chose Cancer Research UK.”
Ben arrived home from school and has just enough time for a cup of tea to calm his nerves before the appointment at A Cut Above salon in High Green.
His proud family – including brother Connor, six and Kayleigh, five – looked on as a stylist chopped away.
Inspired by his bravery, friends, family and fellow pupils at Holgate Meadows Community School pledged more than £400 in sponsorship.
Even punters at The Commercial, Chapeltown, where Mrs Greenhedge works, have dipped their hands in their pockets.
Mrs Greenhedge said: “We’re all so proud of him. Even his younger brother and sister are. It is not something we expected him to do.
“People have been so supportive and generous.”