Scissors turned on hairdresser for charity chop
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