Dec 28 2012 By Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard Friday
Ross Boyle was known around Lockerbie for his trademark long locks.
But the big-hearted teenager took the plunge and had it all chopped off for a charity close to his heart on Christmas Eve.
The 14-year-old was determined to do something in memory of his friend Dylan Hairstains, who died recently.
So he went to the hairdresser for the first time in five years and is now looking forward to handing over a cheque to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for more than £1,289 thanks to the generosity of friends and family who sponsored him.
While hairdresser Elaine styled Ross’ hair, Dylan was firmly in the youngster’s thoughts.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust funds research to treat and cure CF and aims to ensure appropriate clinical care and support for people with the life-limiting disease, which affects the lungs and digestive system.
Each week, five babies are born with cystic fibrosis and two young people die from lung damage. Half of the population with CF can expect to live past their 41st birthday, but with improvements in treatments, a baby born today could expect to live even longer.
Ross said: “I was shocked to hear that Dylan had died. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and I decided I wanted to do something to remember him. Having my hair cut off seemed like the best way to do that.
“I absolutely love my new hairstyle and I’ve no regrets.
“I’m looking forward to handing over the money to charity and I’m so grateful to everybody who sponsored me or made a donation, especially at this time of year.”
Proud dad Jim added: “Ross was only ever hoping to raise £700 for the CF Trust so to raise nearly double that is just wonderful.
“And we all think his new haircut is fabulous.”