WITH more than one Matt playing on Gosport and Fareham Under-14s rugby team, there was a definite need for a nickname.
And there was one clear nickname for 14-year-old Matt Freeman with his big bush of blond hair – Curly.
When Curly heard about his rugby coach’s son, Sam John, and his need to raise £100,000 for lifesaving treatment, he knew exactly how to contribute – he would have a sponsored chop.
Curly, from Fareham, said: ‘I thought it’s a good way to raise money. It’s been four years since I had it cut.
‘I’ve raised about £600 just from sponsors at my school. One teacher even gave me £10 because he said “you are going to look ridiculous”. I know I am going to get so much mickey taken out of me when I go back to school but I don’t care – it was for a good cause.’
This is just one of many fundraisers which have been organised to help 16-year-old Sam get to America, where he hopes to have specialist radiotherapy treatment to stop a brain tumour from growing.
Curly had the chop at Stephens the Barbers on West Street, Fareham, and the barber didn’t charge him. Cheered on by friends and relatives, Sam had the honour of giving Curly a mohican.
Mum Sarah Freeman said she was proud of her son. She said: ‘It’s really great of him to do it, good on him.’
His dad, Simon, said: ‘It’s brilliant. The fact that he has done it shows real support for Sam.’
The Year 9 Cams Hill pupil is hoping that the weather will start to warm up now that he has lost his natural head warmer. Straight after the chop, Curly said: ‘It feels really weird, I can’t stop touching it. It’s a bit cold!’