Phil’s buzzing as he pre­pares for Chil­dren in Need hair-raiser

The Oban Times - - News - EMMA CRICH­TON ecrich­ton@oban­times.co.uk

IT WILL be hair to­day and gone to­mor­row for a Lochaber Leisure Cen­tre em­ployee as he pre­pares to cut off a mas­sive 25 inches of curls this week­end.

Su­per­vi­sor Phil Hughes agreed to go for the chop as part of a Chil­dren In Need fundrais­ing fam­ily fun night or­gan­ised by gym staff, and has al­ready raised £950 so far.

The 48-year- old from Fort Wil­liam, who has not had a hair cut for more than 20 years, said he isn’t ner­vous about the chop to­mor­row night (Fri­day) and joked that it was to get out of pay­ing for a hair cut.

He said: ‘Other staff asked me to do it as part of the fundrais­ing and I thought it was a good idea but I didn’t ex­pect the level of sup­port and in­ter­est it has at­tracted. It’s only hair, it’s pain­less and it’s for a good cause. I don’t fancy a shaved head though, I’ll stick to a short back and sides. That’s what I had all those years ago be­fore I started grow­ing my hair.’

The high­est do­na­tion so far came from Grant Wal­lace, on be­half of Kando Con­struc­tion, who of­fered up £ 50 for the cause.

As well as the hair cut, there will be a chil­dren’s disco, buck­ing bronco, bouncy cas­tle, home­bak­ing and taster ex­er­cise classes on of­fer, all kick­ing off from 6pm in Lochaber High School’s sport depart­ment.

Chil­dren are in­vited to dress up in their py­ja­mas or as their favourite su­per­hero for the disco.

An­other leisure cen­tre su­per­vi­sor, Ste­vie Martin, has also agreed to have his back waxed

in a bid to boost the fund while his friend, Mikey MacKin­non, will be hav­ing his head and beard shaved.

Leisure cen­tre man­ager Gary David­son said: ‘It will all be good fun. We’re try­ing to get some more of the male staff to get their legs waxed and any­one who wants to take part will be help­ing us, it’s all for a good cause.’

Once bar­ber John Wilson has worked his magic on Phil, the 25 inches of hair will be do­nated to the Lit­tle Princess Trust, a char­ity which makes wigs for chil­dren who have lost their hair through ill­ness.

Leisure cen­tre staff are ap­peal­ing to the peo­ple of Lochaber to help with the fundrais­ing and have asked for do­na­tions of home­bak­ing and raf­fle prizes, as well as peo­ple to take part in spon­sored events. Any­one who can help is asked to con­tact the cen­tre’s re­cep­tion or hand in do­na­tions.

Any­one who would like to do­nate to Phil’s hair­cut can do so via www.just­giv­ing.com/ loch ab er leisure cen­tre or via a spon­sor form which is avail­able at the leisure cen­tre.

I didn’t ex­pect this in­ter­est

Phil Hughes

Lochaber Leisure Cen­tre

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FOR THE CHOP: Phil Hughes, cen­tre, is pre­par­ing to have 25 inches of hair cut off for Chil­dren In Need. He is pic­tured with high­est do­na­tor Grant Wal­lace and Lochaber Leisure Cen­tre man­ager

Gary David­son.

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SHORT- HAIRED: Phil, more than 20 years ago.

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