AN incredible Barrow boy has had his long blonde locks cut in memory of his friend.

Described by his mum as a kind little soul, soon to be seven-year-old Thomas Machell has cut his hair to raise money for The National Society of Epilepsy after his close friend sadly passed away in 2018.

Thomas Machell, a pupil at Chetwynde School, started growing his hair at just four years old after seeing someone on TV having a sponsored haircut. This inspired him to set out his own mission of growing his hair and start a fundraiser.

The youngster has raised more than £2,000 for the charity and will also donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Proud mum Salli Kidson, 30, said: “Thomas grew his hair with the purpose of fundraising and he was smiling all the way through his haircut.

“He is a very pretty little boy, with gorgeous hair. He has the kindest soul.

“I asked him if he was excited to get his haircut with it being warm and summer now and he said no, I’m excited for the boy or girl who will get my hair.”

Thomas’s class have also been supportive and incredible in helping with the fundraising.

Receptionist Salli says: “Chetwynde school have been so supportive, they’ve been incredible. They organised a fundraising day where his Year 2 class went in with wacky hairstyles. It was brilliant, can’t praise them enough."

Jess Robinson, the hairdresser at Evissa Hair and Beauty who had the pleasure of doing the chop, said: “I was absolutely honoured when Thomas’s mum Salli asked me to be the one to cut off his gorgeous long hair!

“Myself and the rest of the salon girls (clients included) were blown away by how much of a selfless and caring young boy Thomas was.

“I asked him when he arrived how he felt. I wondered if he may have been a bit emotional but he replied with 'excited!' And his smile was never off his face throughout his haircut!

“Well done Thomas – you're amazing.”

Thomas now wants to grow his hair back to make more wigs for the future.

Overwhelmed mum Salli said:“I’m just totally blown away with all the kindness and donations Thomas has received and all the sharing of posts.

“I really just want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all the support, donations, messages, it means so much to us all.

You can still donate up until Monday June 14 by visiting