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It’s a snip for charity

Paul Carey (29) with his long hair before the cut.  Picture: Sarah Standing (123719-4209)

Paul Carey (29) with his long hair before the cut. Picture: Sarah Standing (123719-4209)

MOST men want to keep hold of their hair. But not Paul Carey.

MOST men want to keep hold of their hair. But not Paul Carey.

He came up with the hair-raising idea of getting his locks chopped off for charity.

The 29-year-old, of Jervis Road, Stamshaw, had 20in of hair lopped off in aid of an organisation that donates wigs to children with cancer, called the Little Princess Trust.

Having sent his hair to the charity, Paul is collecting donations with the hope of raising £350 – the price it costs for the charity to make one wig.

And he’s already nearly half way there, having left collection tins in Tipner Boating and Angling Club, a host of pubs in Stamshaw, and Rush hairdressers in Commercial Road where he had the chop.

Paul, who has not had a haircut for five years, said: ‘It feels odd not having long hair anymore, I keep going to brush it or tie it back into a ponytail then remembering it’s not there.

‘I’m not used to it yet but I’ve had a lot of compliments so it must look okay.

‘It’s quite good not having to style it anymore.’

Paul was not charged for his haircut, so he put the cash he would have spent on the service into his collection pot in the hairdressers.

He added: ‘I was going to get it cut anyway but it was so long that I didn’t want it all to go to waste. So I started to look for places that I could donate it to.

‘There are lots of businesses that buy hair and sell the wigs for a profit, but I liked the fact that the Little Princess donated them for free to people who need them. That way I knew it was going to a good cause.’

The trust works with specialist suppliers and hairdressers to make tailored wigs for children who have suffered hair loss due to cancer treatment that look and feel as close to their original hair as possible.

For more information, go to littleprincesses.org.uk

 

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