Pony tails will be getting the chop for charity thanks to the inspiration of a brave young boy.
Jacob Krutke, eight, from Exning was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and is undergoing chemotherapy to combat the illness.
His strength of character has inspired his sister Katie, 13, and family friends Helen McGaffin and Carla Goddard to have their locks shorn to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Henry’s Holiday Fund, which supports local children with cancer.
Jacob is currently in remission but is continuing chemotherapy and tests to ensure the illness is eradicated.
The fund-raisers will have their hair cut short on June 23 and their locks will be used to create wigs for children battling cancer through The LIttle Princess Trust.
Jacob’s mum Lorna said: “Jacob is doing very well. The treatment sometimes makes him feel rubbish but he’s always fiesty. He’s quite a little character.”
Lorna said: “We took him to hospital as we thought he had a bad throat infection and within an hour we were on our way to Addenbrooke’s with suspected leukaemia which was confirmed the next day.”
Jacob was too unwell to go to school during his initial treatment and Lorna gave up work to care for him.
Katie, who has long blond hair, saw the effects of chemotherapy on young children and decided to make a contribution after Helen from Newmarket and Carla from Exning decided to loose their locks to raise money for the two charities.
Helen said: “I was just moved by how strong Jacob has been. It’s just unbelievable.”
To support their fund raising go to hair cut