A MAN who has been growing his hair for 12 years is shaving it off to raise money in memory of his father.
Matt Johnson, 30, of Melbourne, will cut off his long locks at a beer festival being held at the Lamb Inn in the town’s High Street on August 24.
All money raised will go to Cancer Research and Macmillan – and his hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children fighting cancer.
Matt’s dad, Stephen Johnson, died in 2009, aged 59. The popular plumber was a regular at the Lamb Inn.
Matt, who has been growing his hair since he was 18, said: “He was always telling me to get my hair cut so there’s no better time to do it.
“I’m really looking forward to losing the hair and enjoying a few pints with everybody else at the same time. It should be a great day.”
The pub is also pitching in on the fund-raising, as it will donate to Matt’s chosen charities 10p for every pint sold at the festival.
Matt, who has a target of raising £1,000, said: “Macmillan helped a lot when my dad was unable to work. They provided a lot of organisational help that I didn’t have the first clue about and that took both of our worries away.
“They’d visit him daily and it was reassuring to be able to have that comfort. He was a very popular plumber who didn’t want to let down any of his customers when he found out that he had cancer, so he just carried on.
“He was a very hard-working person and was known locally as ‘the Melbourne plumber’.”
Matt said that Cancer Research was a worthy charity, adding: “It does exactly what it says on the tin. They are committed to working extremely hard to find a cure for this horrible disease that takes so many lives every day.”
Matt also plans to ask the company for which he works – DHL – if it will match the money he raises. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/ShaveIt AllCancerResearch or www. justgiving.com/ShaveItAllW eAreMacmillan.