IT was a close shave for Ricky Adams - but now the kind-hearted student has raised nearly £2,000 and is all set for a trip to Africa.
The 21-year-old will join 20 of his fellow students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ghana in July.
All of the students had to raise at least £1,500 for trip.
And for Ricky it was hair today - gone tomorrow - as he decided to get his hair shaved to rake in some of the cash.
“I’ve always had quite long hair, I’ve never had a skindhead before,” said Ricky, who studies business, travel and tourism and is re-sitting GCSE English.
“I’m quite happy with how it looks actually, I thought it would look worse.
“But I have had a cold since the day after I got it done, I don’t know whether that’s got anything to do with the fact my head is freezing all of the time now.”
Ricky said he was hoping the headshave and various other fundraising activities, as well as support from his family, would leave him close to reaching the £1,500 target.
But he was delighted when he discovered he has actually now raised closer to £2,000.
And he plans to take every penny raised over the £1,500 mark to Ghana with him to donate to those in desperate need.
Ricky, who lives on the Bishop Cuthbert estate with his mum, Trish, 48, and dad, Gary, 46, will be volunteering in the country for 10 days.
He added: “To be honest I’m quite nervous to go out there because I just don’t know what to expect.
“But it’s going to be a fantastic experience and hopefully, even though we’re only there for 10 days, we’ll be able to make a real difference.
“We are going to be building homes, working with communities, that sort of thing.
“I think it will be a trip that will stay with us all for a long time.”
Ricky thanked everyone who donated and helped him to raise the cash.