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Haverhill man loses hair for charity

After five years without a haircut, a Haverhill man braved the barber’s chair to raise money for children with cancer.

Tom Messenger, 26, went for a full head shave to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free, real-hair, wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Mr Messenger, who is autistic, also decided to donate his ponytail, which measures 26in in length, to contribute towards the charity’s work.

“It’s quite a lot shorter than I had intended,” said Mr Messenger. “It’s a lot cooler with it gone though.”

People quickly got behind the cause and donations rolled in. The total is still being counted, but Mr Messenger thinks he may have raised as much as £550 for the charity.

“I didn’t expect to raise that much,” said Mr Messenger. “It’s a respectable amount to raise.

“The gentleman who cut my hair did it for free and even donated £50.”

Mr Messenger had his hair cut by Wayne Marper in the Barbers shop in Queen Street.

While he took a while to get used to his new look, Mr Messenger is now considering making it his permanent hair style.

“A lot of people have told me it looks much nicer,” said Mr Messenger. “I think it suits me. I’m considering keeping my hair like this.”

The Little Princess Trust relies upon donations from the public to continue its work with young cancer patients..

Financial contributions and donations of hair all go towards the charity’s goal of providing relief for children with cancer.

Speaking about his motivations for the charity hair cut, Mr Messenger said he wanted to make a difference to children’s lives when they were at a very difficult stage.

“If I can help make it easier for them, it will be worth it,” he said. “Anything to help someone through something that bad must be helpful.”

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