The mother of a boy who attends a local school for children with special needs hopes her new haircut will help raise much needed funds.

Stewarts School in Palmerstown cares for 130 children with complex learning difficulties including young Niall O’Brien, who has Down Syndrome and Autism.

The school is building a new playground to provide the children with the stimulation they need, but the school must raise €200,000 for playground equipment.

Niall’s mother Dorothy pledged to shave her head to raise funds.

In way of saying ‘thank you’ for the work and care provided by the school for her son Niall, and to be the voice of the children who cannot speak for themselves, Dorothy has set up the campaign on GoFundMe to raise €20,000 to put towards building a new playground.

Dorothy said: “My son Niall has Down Syndrome and Autism.

“He will never be able to speak or care for himself, and needs full time one on one care.

“Thanks mainly to Niall’s special school, he and all of our family can have a pretty normal life.

“We are building a new school this year, but we have to raise €200,000 for playground equipment.

“Our kids really need stimulation, they have to learn how to play, and they need lots of breaks from the classroom.

“For health and safety reasons they can’t leave the school premises.

“We really really need to buy this equipment and install it during the building phase this year.”

Dorothy’s “fundrazor” drive is already near reaching its target, and Dorothy showed off her newly shaved head on the GoFundMe page.

Dorothy hopes the local community can help her reach her target.

“Stewarts school has been so good to my family.

“Please sponsor my head shave and share this page with others.

“Our children have no voice of their own, please help us.

If you would like to sponsor Dorothy please go to https://www.gofundme.com/dorothy039s-head-shave-for-stewarts