A 12-YEAR-OLD boy with autism has shaved his head to raise cash for Claire House Children's Hospice.

Ronnie-ray Rafferty, from Wallasey, also has sensory issues which means he does not like having his hair cut but wanted desperately to make a difference.

After talking to his mum Mandy, Ronnie-ray decided that he wanted to cut his hair for Little Princess Trust.

However, his hair was too short and instead he chose to go one step further and shave his head on New Year's Day to help children at Claire House.

Mandy set up a Just Giving page for people to donate to Ronnie-ray's challenge with a fundraising target of £250.

But Ronnie-ray managed to beat this target and raised £500 for Claire House.

She said: "He wanted to donate his hair to the princess trust but it's not long enough.

"He said he would shave it off instead. School are allowing it as it's in the holidays and will grow back a little before they go back.

"Being autistic means there are certain things he has problems with, like having his hair cut but raising money for Claire House Children's Hospice for children with serious or life limiting illnesses is something he wants to do.

"I'm so proud of my boy for doing this."

An event was held at The Wellington Pub in Bebington where his mum and dad shaved off his hair.

When asked if he'll keep his hair short, Ronnie-ray said: "No. I'm not getting it cut again, I'm going to grow it again now.

"But i'm glad I raised all the money for lots of poorly children."

To donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rrheadshave