Caring Clay Cross boy ditches golden tresses to raise Â£1,000 in memory of Theo Singh-Eyley
A caring Clay Cross boy proved he was a cut above the rest after shaving off his long blonde tresses in memory of close friend and fellow football fan Theo Singh-Eyley.
Nine-year-old Athan Green and brave Theo, who had cerebral palsy, epilepsy and was registered blind, met at school four years ago and formed a ‘special bond’.
Athan was initially a little nervous around Theo as he had never met anybody with severe disabilities- but this quickly changed when the boys discovered they were both keen supporters of the same football team- Sheffield United.
Sadly, Theo passed away on June 1, aged 11- and little Athan was ‘devastated’ at the news.
His mum, Rebecca Green, said: “Theo spent much of his time in Bluebell Wood Hhildren’s Hospice, which offered both him and his family much needed, constant support.
“Theo’s family say that without the hospice and their amazing support through such difficult times, they would have crumbled.
“When Athan found out the Singh-Eyley family were fundraising for Bluebell Wood to say thank you, he was eager to help too.”
A few weeks later the Sharley Park pupil sat in the chair at Do or Dye Hair Salon and said goodbye to his golden mane.
“He did have a little cry,” said Rebecca. “But I think he was just overwhelmed.
“Members of Theo’s family were there to cheer him on. We’re still collecting sponsorship, but the last count revealed Athan had raised around £1,000 for Bluebell Wood. He realised it was all worth it.
“Me and Athan’s dad, Allan, are extremely proud of our son for doing such a selfless thing for his friend for such a worthy cause.”
Readers can still donate to a Just Giving page set up in Theo’s honour, which can be found at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bluebellwoodtheosjourney.
So far, the page has raised more than £1,400 in aid of Bluebell Wood, which looks after terminally ill children and their families in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
“Theo was such an inspirational little boy with such a caring nature,” added Rebecca.
“No matter what he was going through he would always have a beautiful smile on his face that would brighten your day.
“Athan will forever remember his buddy Theo.”