A kind-hearted boy is taking on a hair-raising challenge inspired by his mum’s health battle.
Tyler Lovatt, 12, is to dye his hair bright purple to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease.
His mum Kerry suffers from the chronic inflammatory disease, which affects the intestines, and she has to endure intravenous infusions every eight weeks at Macclesfield Hospital.
Tyler, who lives on the Weston estate, wants to raise cash for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, which has helped his mum cope with her condition and is working to find a cure.
He has been given permission by All Hallows Catholic College to sport his new barnet on March 23, the last day of term.
But Tyler plans to keep his new look for the school holidays as well.
Tyler said: “My mum was diagnosed with Crohn’s five years ago so I know how hard it is to live with this disease.
“I want to support this charity, as they provide invaluable support for people and families with Crohn’s, and they are trying to find a cure for this uncomfortable and debilitating disease.”
It was Tyler who first knew something was wrong with his mum back in 2010 when he commented on how thin his mum had become.
Kerry said: “Tyler was the one who got me thinking something was wrong when he hugged me and said he could feel my spine.
“I have always been quite petite, averaging at about seven stone.
“But after my marriage broke down I was very stressed and tired, and had some stomach problems.
“ I attributed the weight loss to that.
“I wasn’t getting the typical symptoms and didn’t think for a second it would be serious.”
Kerry finally went to the doctor and tests eventually diagnosed her with Crohn’s.
She said: “I was really poorly and had to live with my mum for a while until I recovered my strength.
“Tyler was so brave during that period.
“He was only little.
“He had to learn to become self-sufficient.
“He has been a massive support over the years.”
David Barker, chief executive of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, said: “We want to say a big thank you to Tyler for all his efforts and for helping to raise awareness of these ‘invisible’ diseases.
“Our supporters, such as Tyler give their time, money, energy, devotion, and skills to help the battle against Crohn’s and Colitis.”
To support Tyler go to justgiving.com/ Tyler-Goes-Purple .