A BURTON teenager has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity after having nine inches of hair cut off in memory of his grandmother.
Ben Creighton who lives in Tutbury Road, lost his 63-year-old grandma Sue Pilgrim weeks after she was diagnosed with suspected cancer of the gall bladder in April 2013.
She was well known to people in the town, having ran both Jadecraft in the market place and Flower Stop in Coopers Square. She regularly gave donations to various charities, including St. Giles Hospice.
Following her death, the 16-year-old de Ferrers Academy pupil decided to help other people diagnosed with cancer by having his shoulder-length hair cut.
He is donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own through cancer treatment.
Ben said: “I wanted to do something in memory of my Grandma Sue and donating my hair to help others seemed fitting and I hope it would have made her proud.”
Paul Ainger, a family friend who also works at The Salon in High Street, Burton was in charge of cutting Ben’s hair. He is planning a 1,100 mile walk in April to try and raise £20,000 for St Giles Hospice.
Ben set up a Just Giving page and has so far raised around £800 for the Little Princess Trust through online and offline donations. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Ben-Creighton.