IT’S never been cut and reaches the bottom of his back but Elijah Edney is finally having his locks chopped off – and it’s all for a good cause.
The three-year-old will have his 12-inch-long hair cut and give it to charity to be made into a wig for children with cancer.
His mum, Amber Edney, of Seymour Close, Buckland, said: ‘Elijah has always had beautiful hair, so I let him grow it like he wanted.
‘But now it is at a stage where people mistake him for a girl and he wants it cut into a boy’s haircut.’
Elijah’s ponytail will be donated to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children with cancer and other hair-loss illnesses.
Amber said: ‘I couldn’t see all his beautiful hair go to waste and my mum mentioned about charities that use human hair to make into wigs.
‘Elijah keeps telling people he is giving his hair to poorly princesses and he is excited to get it done.
‘He says that he no longer wants to have rock star hair and wants to look like his older brother.
‘As well as donating the hair, we are hoping to raise £350 which is how much it costs to make the wig.
‘This means that a family will not have to pay for it to be made and can receive it free of charge.
‘I’m over the halfway mark now, so fingers crossed I’ll reach my target and can send off both the hair and the money.’
The cut is taking place at M Cutting in Kingston Road, Portsmouth.
Once it is cut, the hair will be sent off to the Little Princess Trust.
The trust said of Elijah’s donation: ‘We’re very grateful to anyone who decides to have their hair cut to donate it to the Little Princess Trust.
‘As a result of hair donations such as this, the charity receives a large number of real-hair wigs free of charge to pass on to families whose children have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.’
To make a donation towards Elijah’s hair cut, which will happen on March 30, go online and visit justgiving.com/Amber-Edney