Phil’s buzzing as he prepares for Children in Need hair-raiser
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
Lochaber Leisure Centre
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
SHORT- HAIRED: Phil, more than 20 years ago.