CARING Wollescote teenager Tom Farmer proved a cut above the rest when the 13-year-old Redhill schoolboy braved the shave on his head for charity.

Tom's close shave took place at Stourbridge's Army Cadet Centre in Swinford Road and raised £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The hair-raising event was witnessed by a sizeable crowd of Tom's fellow cadets who encouraged mobile hairdresser Natalie Cox to complete the job.

Tom's proud mum Mandy Farmer said: "Tom's always been a giver. He is an avid rugby player and competes for Stourbridge RFC's under-14's

"He wanted to do something after a fellow Stourbridge player contracted cancer and then passed away.

"I think it made an impression on him and he wanted to do something.

"But he doesn't intend to stop with a head shave. He's already planning to take part in the charity's Race for Life with his twin sister Emily."

Mandy also heaped praise on hairdresser Natalie Cox for completing the cut.

She explained: "I was struggling to find someone who would be prepared to do the head shave, so I put an appeal on Facebook.

"Natalie, who is from Lye, responded. I don't even know her, but she offered to do the shave for free which was really good of her."