Dara's Charity Chop: Scarborough boy raises more than £1,000 for good cause

A Scarborough boy has raised more than £1,000 from a sponsored charity haircut.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 11:39 am
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 11:42 am
Dara Whitefield completes his charity haircut with Kerry Ward performing the trim, watched by dad Jamie and mum Siobhan.

Six-year-old Dara Whitefield from Cayton has finally had his locks chopped after having long hair for most of his life.

He decided earlier this year to get the haircut and raise money for charity at the same time.

Mum Siobhan presented Dara with five different charities to choose from and he selected Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People.

Dara with mum Siobhan and sister Oona before the chop...

Martin House provides family-led care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. They support families from across Yorkshire.

The fundraiser has so far raised £1,188, more than double the initial target.

Mum Siobhan said: “It’s crazy! We set a target of £500 thinking ‘oh we might get it’ and we hit that in about 18 hours from friends, family and classmates. I’m really pleased.”

Dara’s locks, which measured in at more than 10 inches, will be used by the charity to create wigs for those who have lost their hair.

...and after; Dara sporting his new haircut.

Dara said: “I just thought my friend has a good haircut that I wanted; but then I heard of a charity which I wanted to raise money for and that I could send my hair to.”

Dara, who was quite nervous about the upcoming haircut, had his hair trimmed and styled in the garden of the family home last week.

If you would like to donate to Dara's fundraiser, you can visit JustGiving here.