Scis­sors turned on hair­dresser for char­ity chop

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A HAIR­DRESSER handed over con­trol of the scis­sors to raise more than £1,000 for a char­ity for se­ri­ously ill chil­dren.

Matthew McHugh, 28, from East­gate, Mac­cles­field, has col­lected around £1,400 for char­ity Over The Wall.

This is the UK branch of Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Paul New­man’s Se­ri­ous Fun Net­work, of­fer­ing camps for chil­dren with se­ri­ous and life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

Matthew had his 12-inch locks chopped off be­cause his col­league Rachel Clay­ton’s nineyear-old son, Henry, was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia two years ago.

And who bet­ter to do the chop than Henry him­self, who headed to the sa­lon where Matthew works, Pepita J in Chea­dle.

Matthew said: “I’ve known Henry since he was six weeks old.

“Over The Wall is a great char­ity and lets ill chil­dren feel like kids again.

“Henry loved cut­ting my hair and peo­ple were very gen­er­ous.”

Matthew’s hair will be do­nated to the Lit­tle Princess Trust to make wigs for chil­dren who lose their hair with chemo­ther­apy.

Henry’s mum Rachel said: “It’s phe­nom­e­nal what Matthew’s raised.

“Over The Wall is amaz­ing.

“We’re very lucky. Henry lost a lot of friends in hos­pi­tal and kept ask­ing if he’d die too.

“He’s in re­mis­sion but the next two years are cru­cial.”

●● Above, Matthew McHugh is joined by fam­ily and friends for the big chop. In­set, Henry Clay­ton, nine, goes head-to-head with Matthew be­fore shav­ing his hair off

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