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Soldier 'Really Proud' Of Son, 10, Who Shaved Head For Charity

Jay Horner was inspired to raise money for Help For Heroes after his dad, a soldier in 3 Rifles, sustained a serious back injury.

A 10-year-old boy has celebrated his birthday by braving the shave in aid of Help For Heroes.

Jay Horner was inspired to shave his head after his dad, a soldier with 3 Rifles, was injured.

It was not an easy decision, as Jay's hair was his pride and joy.

"Once I woke up, I'd go to the mirror and do my hair for 10 minutes, making sure it's at the exact right spot," he said.

"It felt weird at first but now I just feel like it's a bit normal," he added, reflecting on his new style.

Jay has helped raise hundreds of pounds for the charity, which helps service personnel recover from injury.

Jay's father, Colour Sergeant Jack Horner continues to serve with 3 Rifles, despite a serious back injury.

"I know that it's going to take him a long time to recover," Jay said.

"I want to go over to the park and play football again with him so I raised some money and hopefully it [can] help."

CSgt Horner said he knew how much Jay loved his hair and what it meant for him to shave it off, adding that the gesture was "really heart-warming".

"It made me feel really proud," he said.

The money is continuing to pour in for Jay and Help For Heroes, helping them support more people like his dad on the road to recovery.