Haverhill fundraiser faces the barber’s chair for charity

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After going five years without a haircut, a Haverhill man is to lose is locks in a bid to raise money for charity.

Tom Messenger, 26, has been growing his hair since 2010. He plans to cut off his 26in long ponytail and donate it to the Little Princess Trust.

The trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs for free to children who have lost their own hair after cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Tom said: “A couple of years ago, I was watching a programme with my mum with people going through these illnesses.

“I did some research and thought it would be a good reason to get my hair cut after all these years. Anything to help someone through something that bad must be helpful.

“If I can help make it easier for them, it will be worth it.”

Tom will donate his hair, which he hopes will be enough to manufacture three wigs, as well as the money he raises in donations.

Tom intends to have his hair cut in July and will continue to raise money and grow his hair until then.

“Obviously,” he said. “The longer the hair, the better the wig. If they can help more people with wigs, it’s all the better. It’s going to be really strange to lose my hair after five years.”

What’s more, Tom has said that, if he exceeds his fund raising target of £700, he will not only cut off his ponytail, but will completely shave his head.

Tom said: “I chose July to do it so I’ll have time to grow a little bit of hair back before the winter.”

Members of the public can support Tom’s cause online on his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Carol-Messenger