A BRAVE schoolboy rose to a hair-raising challenge on April 4 by getting his locks chopped for charity.

Dominic Howarth chose to face the shearers surrounded by his fellow students, taking centre stage at Goostrey Community Primary School’s Friday assembly.

His efforts saw him raise over £250, which will be split between two worthy causes.

“Before we did the shaving I had told my friends I was ready to do it, but secretly I was really nervous,” said the Year 5 pupil.

“Once it was done I felt cool and cold. We went to play on the field and my ears were very chilly.”

The money raised through Dominic’s head-shave will go to Sparks, a charity that fund life-saving research into conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be, and also towards helping to bring a group of South African children from Elizabeth Fontein School to Goostrey School.

Dominic, a member of the Goostrey Cubs, added: “I wanted to do it for charity and my hair kept getting in my eyes. I wanted to get more money for the research at Sparks so that other babies can have a good life.”

Dominic’s mum Victoria said that, although she was a little apprehensive at first, she was proud of him for taking the plunge and commended his thoughtfulness.