HAIR today but gone tomorrow. Young Rean Carter is finally shedding the long locks he’s had his whole life.
The five-year-old, of Hylton Castle, has never had his naturally-curly hair cut, but mum Leeanne Smith says now is as good a time as any for the long-haired boy to have it done.
Rean is hoping to get sponsorship for his Samson-esque stunt to raise money for Sunderland Royal Hospital’s children’s unit.
The Grange Park Primary school pupil was admitted to the department for weeks after suffering from a nasty bout of skin condition impetigo in late 2010.
Leeanne, who is also mum to Rean’s little brother Regan, one, said: “I think it’s time he had his hair cut now.
“He was put on a drip when he was in hospital and they told me to be prepared that he wouldn’t be out for Christmas.
“He was in for nearly four weeks and we only got him home two days before Christmas Day.
“It was touch and go but it’s thanks to the staff that we got him back in time.”
The family now say that they want to show their gratitude to staff by doing the hair-shedding, fund-raising drive.
“We just want to give something back to the hospital for what they did,” added Leeanne.
“We’ve told him that he will have it cut by Easter or if not by then then during the Easter holidays when he’s off.
Leeanne and partner Neil Carter, 48, who is dad to both Rean and Regan, have been worried at the effect Rean’s mane has had on his school life.
“It’s never really bothered him before having long hair but now I think he wants to have a normal boy’s haircut like his friends do,” said Leeanne.
“He has to tie it up it’s that long and it’s become a problem recently.
“Some of his friends at school say they can’t play with him because of how he looks so it needs sorting.
“He’s set his heart on having it cut now.”
To donate money towards Rean’s fund-raising, call Leeanne on 07527108314.