Under-12s Capel St Mary football star braves hair chop smashing target for Little Princess Trust
- Credit: VICTORIA TURNER
An inspirational under-12s football star has donated long locks of hair that took almost two years to grow to a children’s cancer charity.
It was a little over 18 months ago that Samuel Gilbert, from Capel St Mary, refused a trip to the hairdresser.
The youngster told his parents Olivia and Neil that he planned to grow his hair and donate a ponytail to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children living with cancer.
Members of his under-12s football team, the Cobras at Capel Plough Football Club, rallied around collecting cash – helping Samuel to triple his target amount of £250 to raise almost £700 for the Little Princess Trust.
The team’s coach Vicky Turner helped to raise awareness of Samuel’s feat by sharing his JustGiving page far and wide, while telling fellow players what he planned to do.
“I remember him explaining it to us, he was telling us all about how long his hair needed to be and how it could really make a difference to another child’s life,” said Olivia.
“He is such a caring sensitive boy, of course Neil and I agreed that he could grow his hair and we would support his decision.”
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Proud mother Olivia said the day of the cut arrived at the same time as the Beast from the East hit Suffolk.
She added: “Samuel was concerned that people wouldn’t turn out in the difficult weather, but oh how wrong he was, the clubhouse was packed.
“A great atmosphere with many of the first team there to show their support also.
“I am so proud of Samuel, he has raised £670 for the Little Princess Trust and donated his hair which I hope will make a big difference to another child.
“Listening to Samuel’s passion and enthusiasm for this cause, as parents we were blown away by his sensitivity and empathy.
“We are so very proud of Samuel.
Dozens of people – including several high-profile first team players from the club – braved the weather and turned out to watch Samuel have his hair cut.
By this point, his ponytail was almost shoulder length.
Donate to Samuel’s fund by visiting his JustGiving page.