A man has refused to cut his hair until government guidelines allow his local barbershop to open.
David Tatton, aged 33, is a key worker at Ornua Foods and hasn’t had his hair cut since February.
The shop worker, from Leek, has decided to raise money for three different causes during the pandemic, including two charities that supported his son, Lucas, aged eight, who suffered with kidney cancer as a toddler.
It could be months before his favourite barbers, The Brotherhood Barbers, reopens – but David won’t be cutting his own mop in lockdown.
Each week, David has put away £10 for his chosen causes, and has invited others to donate via an online Go Fund Me.
He said: “I realise I’m letting myself in for an indefinite amount of time without a hair cut. My hair is thick and grows quickly, so it’s getting a bit wild.
“The Brotherhood Barbers is where I usually go. I tend to get my hair cut every six to eight weeks and also pop in when my beard starts getting long in between – but it’s been three months since I last had a trim!”
David’s cash will be going to support The Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance (CCPA) and Rays of Sunshine, who both supported his son Lucas during his cancer journey.
David said: “Three years ago Lucas finished treatment for kidney cancer. Rays of Sunshine granted his wish to sing and dance with Olly Murs, and he was a part of the charity’s choir last year, too
“The team at CCPA are fabulous and support families throughout and after treatment by organising days out and fundraisers. They’re always at the end of the phone to offer help and advice.”
David said his family are used to safety measures that have been recommended by the government, such as shielding and sanitising.
He said: “Lucas spent a lot of time isolating when he was having treatment, so we are used to keeping everything clean as we’ve been through it before.”
The third cause that the 33-year-old is raising money for is the grassroots football team, Breaks Athletic FC, which he helped set up.
He said: “We founded the team three years ago, and it costs £3,000 to £4,000 a year to run a grassroots team. So as well as the charities for Lucas, I wanted to help support the team too.”
Each week, as David’s hair grows longer, he’s been trying out different hairstyles to entertain his friends and colleagues.
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He’s raised £60 in online donations, which he will add to his weekly £10, before splitting the money between the causes. To donate, visit David’s page here.
Despite the joy it’s brought to those who see his long locks, he’s determined to be the first customer in line at The Brotherhood Barbers on the day they open.