AFTER learning how much money it cost Wiltshire Air Ambulance to operate when his dad injured himself by falling off a garage, a young lad raised £600 for the charity.

Steven Johnson, 13, of Avonvale Road, Trowbridge, was stunned to learn that it was costing the ambulance £5,000 just to be on standby when his dad, Robert, injured his back and head after falling off his garage last month.

He wanted to do something to raise money for the service and had his head shaved at Trowbridge Wanderers’ presentation night on May 20 - before being named as the team's player of the year.

Proud grandma Maureen Johnson, 65, of Warminster Road, Westbury, said: “Whenever I talk about it I want to cry, I’m so proud of him.

“He did everything himself from getting the forms needed from the Air Ambulance to arranging the head shave at his presentation night – all I did was collect money and take it to the bank.

“He said he prefers his hair now because he spends less time in the shower, and he was delighted to raise that amount, as we all were."

After the fall, Mr Johnson opted not to use the air ambulance but was instead taken to hospital in a road ambulance. He recently returned to work and did not suffer any lasting injuries.

The Clarendon pupil’s hair was shaved for free by hairdresser Jolene Farion and the football club donated £100 to his £500 fundraising effort, taking the total raised up to £600.