A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl has cut off her hair to raise money for a Kilwinning schoolboy who is fighting five brain tumours.

Devyn Shepherd has raised more than £1,300 for her pal, stricken school boy Kieran Crichton.

Last week the Times exclusively revealed Kieran, 12, had been diagnosed with a rare case of Medulloblastoma – a brain cancer which mainly affects children.

The 12-year-old, who also has autism, has already undergone an operation at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children on March 2, to remove the biggest tumour and has been left unable to speak or walk since the surgery.

Now doctors say they are unable to operate further and Kieran’s only hope is that chemotherapy and radiotherapy kill the tumours.

Kieran’s mum Senga, 48, has not left her son’s bedside since throughout it all and says she is just praying the therapy - which has a 55 per cent success rate - works.

Since his diagnosis friends and family have rallied around to help Kieran, Senga and brother Darren.

Now Saltcoats schoolgirl Devyn is set to donate more than £1,300 after having 12 inches cut of her hair.

Devyn’s mum, Donna, 44, says her daughter has known Kieran all her life and was desperate to help him.

She said: “We have all been left really just shocked at what is happening to Kieran and everyone just wants to do what they can to help.

“Devyn just wanted to do something so she decided to get her hair cut off and raise money for Kieran and she has donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

“I have known Senga for years. We’ve been friends since we worked together at Fullarton Fabrication so it’s very hard to see what she is going through. I think the whole community feels the same, people are just desperate to help.

“My uncle had his 75th birthday party last week and the following day he came to see me and handed over £400 birthday money he had got. I almost burst into tears. People are so generous.”

So far a Go Fund Me page set up in Kieran’s honour has raised £4,116 and the tally is still rising.

The money will go towards helping Senga deal with any costs that arise throughout Kieran’s treatment, which is expected to last for months.

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