A THOUGHTFUL schoolboy is heading for the chop to help ex-servicemen.

Jude Gallagher-Alagha, a pupil at Kilmacolm Primary, is getting his long locks cut in aid of veteran’s charity Erskine.

The primary seven pupil has been studying WW2 as part of his school project and was inspired to help.

He is now asking friends and family for donations for the sponsored cut.

His mum Samantha said: “I feel very proud of him. He wanted to donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust because boys need wigs as well, but the minimum you can donate is seven inches and his hair wasn’t long enough.

“So he decided to fundraise for Erskine. He has already raised £100.”

Jude lives in the village with Samantha, his dad Hazem, both 44, and Jude’s nine-year-old sister Dana.

The eleven-year-old also has a practical reason for his new shorter look.

He and his family are moving to Qatar for 18 months as his dad, a doctor, has a new job there.

Jude said: “It is a good time to get my hair cut because it will be pretty hot in Qatar.

“When we come back I’m going to grow my hair long again so I can help the Little Princess Trust.”

The family are moving on Boxing Day and are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives.

Samantha said: “Jude and Dana are really excited. They can both read and write in Arabic already.”

Jude’s teacher Lynn McPherson said: “I think it’s fantastic, especially because of the charity he has chosen.

“We’ve been researching WW2 and the local soldiers who died in the war. Jude and his mum have done a lot of personal research and it is lovely he wants to do this for ex-servicemen.”

Jude’s big day at the barbers will take place next month.