Macaulay’s hair is getting the chop for charity

Wendy Barker's two year-old son Macaulay is having his hair cut, raising funds for Clic Sargent. Pic

Wendy Barker's two year-old son Macaulay is having his hair cut, raising funds for Clic Sargent. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Little Macaulay Burden is oblivious to all the admiring looks he gets for his lovely long hair.

Wendy Barker's two year-old son Macaulay is having his hair cut, raising funds for Clic Sargent. Pic

Wendy Barker's two year-old son Macaulay is having his hair cut, raising funds for Clic Sargent. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The two-year-old's curly locks were so particularly loved by his grandmothers that they were left untrimmed by mum Wendy Barker.

But in his short life Macaulay has lost both grannies to cancer and now his silky strands are to be cut for the first time in aid of a cancer charity.

Miss Barker, who lives in Dereham, said: 'We kept it long for his grandparents. His dad's mum always wanted a grandchild with long curly hair and was so disappointed when I got my eldest son Zak's hair cut.

'So when Macaulay was born I said I would keep it long for her. But he was born in the July and she died from cancer in the January. Then my mum died last November from cancer and she loved his hair as well.'


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She decided that as the haircut was such a momentous occasion that she would raise money for it through sponsorship and donate it to children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. The hair itself will be donated to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

'It is such an awful disease and if any of my children got it I would be devastated,' said Miss Barker.

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'It is lovely long hair and so curly that any little girl would love to have so I hope it helps other children.'

Friends and family have already started donating to the fund set up through an online giving website, raising over £240 in just a few days.

'It makes me feel like I am doing something and giving something back,' said Miss Barker, who has asked hairdresser friend Sarah Hunter from Stylistix in Toftwood to cut her son's hair on March 17.

'I think we will go quite short although I am sure I will find it all very traumatic,' she said. 'I don't think he will mind because he is forever pushing it out of his eyes and people do mistake him for a girl. I think the time is right to have it chopped off.

'And whatever we can raise for charity at the same time will be amazing.'

* To donate to the fund visit the website https://www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Barker5/.

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