Ben conquers his fear of haircuts for cancer charity

Nine-year-old autistic boy Ben Is conquering his fear of the hairdressers' chair for Cancer Research UK, after losing a loved one to the disease.  Pictured with stylist Gayle Aspinall of A Cut Above Salon in High Green
Nine-year-old autistic boy Ben Is conquering his fear of the hairdressers' chair for Cancer Research UK, after losing a loved one to the disease. Pictured with stylist Gayle Aspinall of A Cut Above Salon in High Green

NINE-YEAR-OLD Ben Greenhedge braved the barber’s chair for the first time in more than a year to raise money for cancer research.

Ben’s autism causes sensory hearing, leading to difficulty in processing some sounds, such as hairdresser’s scissors.

Nine-year-old autistic boy Ben Is conquering his fear of the hairdressers' chair for Cancer Research UK, after losing a loved one to the disease. He is pictured with stylist Gayle Aspinall of A Cut Above Salon in High Green.

Nine-year-old autistic boy Ben Is conquering his fear of the hairdressers' chair for Cancer Research UK, after losing a loved one to the disease. He is pictured with stylist Gayle Aspinall of A Cut Above Salon in High Green.

His mum, Sarah Greenhedge, aged 37, of Chapeltown, said: “The last time I took Ben to the hairdressers he came out without a cut and four rollers in his hair. “He was picking up everything in the salon because he was so anxious. I had to take him out. He had talked about having his hair cut for a while but his dad and I didn’t want to push it.

“When he told us he’d made up his mind we told him we’d help him get sponsors. My husband’s father lost his partner to cancer quite suddenly and that’s why Ben chose Cancer Research UK.”

His appointment at A Cut Above salon in High Green was watched by his proud family. Relatives, friends and fellow pupils at Holgate Meadows Community School pledged more than £400 in sponsorship.

Sarah said: “We’re all so proud of him.”