Portsmouth barber getting trim for Great South Run

Jamie Brennan at his barber shop
Jamie Brennan at his barber shop
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THE OWNER of a barber shop is in fighting trim to take part in the Bupa Great South Run.

Jamie Brennan, 39, is using his gents’ hairdressers, Cosham Independent Barbers, on High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth as a place to raise money for The Make a Wish Foundation.

Oliver Craig, five, has donated his bone marrow to his sister, Phoebe, three, who has leukaemia. PPP-140220-144738001

Oliver Craig, five, has donated his bone marrow to his sister, Phoebe, three, who has leukaemia. PPP-140220-144738001

The charity is especially close to him as it is giving his friend’s daughter, Phoebe, (pictured), a chance to be a princess for the day at Disneyland Paris with her brother Oliver.

As reported, Phoebe Craig, aged four, from Crookhorn, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a baby and had suffered with cancer of the bone marrow for three years.

Following a successful transplant operation in February with her brother acting as the donor, Phoebe is now in remission.

Jamie said: ‘This is my second year doing the Great South Run and I’m really happy to be raising money for the charity after all they’ve done for Phoebe and her family.

‘She spent so long in hospital and her parents were living there, too, with her, so a break away will be brilliant.

‘So far I’ve managed to raise about £250 just by having collection tins in the barbers and putting up a poster.

‘I’ve been training more this year and can do six miles at the moment so I’m slowly getting there!’

Jamie hopes to raise £350 before the 10-mile running event along Southsea seafront and Portsmouth on Sunday, October 26.

Phoebe’s dad, Scott Craig, said: ‘I think what Jamie’s doing is amazing because Make a Wish has been fantastic and this is a great way to thank them.

‘Phoebe’s doing great and all her blood results are doing well since being given the clear, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.’

Enter the Bupa Great South Run at greatrun.org