Eight-year-old farming enthusiast Cathal Lyons has raised close to €5,000 for Laura Lynn's Children's Hospice and for his local Castleblakney Playground Fund by growing his hair to over 15in for the past eight years.

Cathal, who is from Co Galway, is one of the first known males to have donated this amount of hair to the Rapunzel Foundation, a charity which helps people who have suffered hair loss.

Cathal's hair was donated to the Rapunzel Foundation.

Cutting hair for charity

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, his proud godmother Kate Hogan said: "Cathal always had curly hair and he just kept growing it. In the last few years, he decided that he was going to grow it for charity.

"He was eight in May and he only got his hair cut for the first time two weeks ago. He has the most amazing curly blonde hair.

"The target was initially €1,000. He started off with a GoFundMe target of €1,000 and now the page has raised almost €5,000."

Cathal got his hair cut by local hairdresser Shirley at Luxx Hair Salon in Castleblakney.

Make a donation

"Every bit of that money was donated because he is such a nice young fella, he is overwhelmned by the support.

"Cathal is mad into farming, his father is an agricultural contractor and his mother works for the Organic Trust. Between his parents and grandparents, he spends most of his spare time out on the farm."

The public can donate to Cathal's fundraiser through his GoFundMe page, 'Cathal's cutting his hair for charities'.

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