A schoolboy from Enniscorthy whose dad passed away in March has raised over ten times the €500 target he'd hoped to deliver for the palliative care unit in Waterford.
Aaron Hutchinson's dad, Raymond, was diagnosed with lung cancer and leukaemia in February and unfortunately, passed away on March 28.
Aaron (12), said he decided to set up the fundraiser as a way of paying back the 'kind and caring staff' who looked after his dad.
His campaign, set up through the GoFundMe platform, is under the title 'Haircut for Hospice' and it will see Aaron get his long hair cut.
'I've always had my long hair and always said I would never get it cut but I decided I would like to get it cut,' he said.
Aaron is going to donate his hair to the Rapunzel Foundation, which makes wigs for children and adults who have lost their hair due to medical treatment or as a result of illness.
He also wanted to raise money for the people who looked after his dad in Waterford Hospice.
'We all miss daddy so much and would really appreciate any donation big or small,' he said.
In a heartfelt message on his GoFundMe page, Aaron outlined what both his parents mean to him and what his dad meant to the family.
'They were engaged for years and years and finally got married on March 13,' he said.
'We had a great day and daddy got to come home from the hospital and we had a big Chinese and watched TV,' he added. 'Daddy always preferred staying in than going to parties. He loved my mammy more than anything and they always minded each other, and the Waterford Hospice even organised for mammy to be able to stay by daddy's side in his last days, which we know she will always be grateful for. We have the best mammy and daddy ever!'
Aaron is due to get his hair cut this, Friday, August 14, in Samis Hair Parlour in Enniscorthy.
His target figure for his campaign was €500 but as this newspaper went to press he had raised an incredible €5,435.
He and his family are extremely grateful to everyone who supported him.