A YOUNGSTER who has been inspired to fundraise after his grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

Oliver McMahon, of Carrwood Close, Worsbrough, started growing his hair with the aim of cutting it off to donate to cancer patients.

 

The nine-year-old hopes that in two years, his hair will be long enough to donate a large amount to the cause.

 

While his hair grows, the youngster has also started his own fundraiser with all the proceeds donated to Yorkshire Cancer Research – so far the pot sits at more than £170.

 

Oliver said: “I started growing my hair five months ago and its already getting really long.

 

“By my calculations that means I have 19 more months to go so it’s going to get even longer.

 

“My grandma had lung cancer which has really inspired me to help. I want to make sure cancer patients feel comfortable.

 

“I have started a fundraiser for people to give money if they want. We keep doing updates on Instagram about my hair which is fun.

 

“We have raised £170 but we’ve still got ages to go. I would love to reach £800 as an end target.”

 

Oliver’s mum, Toni, has said this is all his idea and has always been a generous child.

 

“I’m unbelievably proud of him. He loves doing this and has always put others before himself.”

 

Oliver’s kindness has landed him a nomination at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards in the Young Superstar category.

 

Upon hearing about his nomination, he said: “It feels really good to be nominated and I’m excited.

 

“I’m very shocked. I’m speechless.”