Nov 8 2010 By David Baker
Lee Booth with six year old Sam
AFTER growing his hair for more than 20 years a Harrow Weald man has chopped off his prized locks in aid of a six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.
Lee Booth of Harrow Weald, arranged for the sponsored haircut after stumbling across Sam Acres' fundraising page on social network site, Facebook.
Having played football in the same Stanmore Manor team as Sam's dad Mark - before the Acres' moved to Stoke Mandeville, Hertfordshire – Lee had no hesitation in coming forward with the unique idea.
Sam was born with the condition, which effects movement, posture and co-ordination, and spends most of his time in a wheelchair as a result.
At the moment the six-year-old manually controls his wheelchair and launched the fundraising page to help raise cash to pay for a new chair and other items to help him live a more independent life.
Family members and friends have already taken part in a host of events, from sponsored walks to candle making, to raise cash but Sam's uncle James Smith said that Lee's efforts was an unexpected and impressive act of kindness.
He said: "What Lee has done for Sam is quite incredible. Everyone knew how much his hair meant to him but the fact he was willing to have it all cut off to raise money for Sam is something we can not thank him enough for.
"Many people attended the event and despite it being a cold day it is hoped over £1500 will be raised from it, with the money going towards a new wheelchair for Sam and other Life Skills projects in the future.
"Sam was lucky enough to go along with his dad to see the moment for himself and I have no doubt he will benefit hugely from Lee's efforts. I cannot thank Lee enough for this extraordinary and superb effort, he stepped up to the plate straight away without hesitation.."The amount he has raised is far and beyond our wildest dreams and he should be very proud of what he has done for Sam."
More information is available on Sam Acres' fundraising page at www.facebook.com.