Schoolboy bullied over waist-length hair to donate his locks to kids’ cancer charity

Ben Sarak, 12, plans to donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides free, real hair wigs to children who have lost their hair.
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A Middleton schoolboy with waist length hair has been punched in the face and bullied because of his long locks, his mother has claimed.

Ben Sarak, 12, first decided to grow his hair when he was unable to get it cut due to Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020. His aim was to donate his locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides free, real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer and other conditions.

Now three years later, Ben's hair is now down to his waist but his mum Natasha Sarak, 37, has said that her son often gets called a girl all because of his locks. And she said Ben has been pushed and had his hair pulled by three people at once, and he's been threatened with a rock and punched in the face by another boy.

Natasha said: "It's just heartbreaking but I'm really proud that he walks away from it. He does get upset and it does get to him but I'm really proud of the person he is and his thick skin.

"He shouldn't have to grow a thick skin but he has done over the years. He's still carried on with it which is just the most amazing thing. He's been picked on and physically attacked for his hair but he's never once come to me and said he wants it cut, he's just carried on with it."

She added: "It's just such a testament to him as a person that he didn't just give in, and he's doing it for two amazing causes.

"One is that he will be donating the hair to make a wig for a child that's going through Cancer and the other cause is a social care charity. He's just a brilliant boy."

Ben Sarak with his long hair Credit: SWNSBen Sarak with his long hair Credit: SWNS
Ben Sarak with his long hair Credit: SWNS

Despite growing his hair for all those years, the mum-of-two has said that the biggest challenge for Ben has been actually having the long hair, as he 'can't stand it.'

Natasha, a charity fundraiser, said: "I do think it's been a challenge for him. He's done 5k and 10k runs in the past, but in a way this has been a much bigger challenge because he didn't want long hair.

"It's been a choice for him because of what the child will get out of it, so really the challenge has been growing the hair for three years. He's put up with it when he doesn't even really like his long hair."

She added: "He can't wait to have it cut, as he just can't stand it.

"He always says that it's only going to take a minute for him to wash his hair in the shower.

"He can't wait to just be able to pop in the shower, give his hair a wash and pop out."

After three years of growing his hair, Ben has decided he will be having it cut on 21 January. But Natasha doesn't think the bullying will stop as he was picked on before he started to grow his locks.

She said: "He was bullied before he grew his hair but I absolutely hope it stops.

"But some kids are just horrible and really mean so as much as I hope it stops, he was bullied before he had his long hair just because he's a nice person so he gets picked on.

"I hope more than anything he doesn't get picked on again, but you just don't know.

"I think the hair was more of a catalyst for people to pick on because it's easy and people can just point out the long hair or call him a girl - it's just an easy target."