BIG-HEARTED fundraiser Aaron Relton is 23 inches of hair lighter – but he’s not bothered one bit.
The 24-year-old, from Hartlepool, has had most of his hair shaved off to raise money for a worthy cause.
Just as impressive is, it is the first time in 15 years that he has had short hair.
Aaron, who is 6ft-tall, admitted: “My family were a bit nervous. I think they thought it was a big thing for me, but I just thought ‘I’m fine and actually, I feel a lot cooler without all this hair’.”
Aaron’s mega haircut has so far raised around £350 for the Make A Wish Foundation which is a charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people aged from three to 17 who are fighting life-threatening conditions.
In the past 26 years, it has granted more than 8,000 wishes.
Aaron said: “I have had my hair long for a lot of years so this is a bit different but I don’t mind at all, and I have raised money for charity.”
He decided on the sponsored head shave in memory of Hartlepool’s little princess Taylor Stallard who passed away five years ago.
The Make A Wish Foundation UK helped Taylor by funding a holiday to Center Parks. Taylor was diagnosed with immune deficiency and chronic lung disease from the age of one and died five years ago, aged four.
Aaron’s head shave took place at the Poppy’s hairdressing salon, in Victoria Road. He had his 19-inch ponytail cut off as part of the 23 inches of hair which he lost altogether. Thanks to his efforts, his hair will go towards making wigs.
Aaron added: “It must be around 15 years since I last had short hair and I thought the whole thing went fine. I think my family are really proud of me.”
He paid tribute to the staff of Poppy’s and said: “They were great with the way they helped me.”
Poppy’s owner Janice Auton said: “It was a great honour that Aaron decided to do something like this and also decided that he would choose us to do it with.
“It was brave of him to do what he did and I admire him for doing it.
“It was a great cause that he did it for as well and it is nice to think that he has really made a difference.”
Anyone wanting to support Aaron can make donations to his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/taylorstallard
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