A kind-hearted student on a charity mission has had a close shave in a bid to help those worse off.
Ricky Adams, 20, of Bishop Cuthbert, took part in a charity head shave as he raised money ahead of climbing Mount Kenya, which is 5,199m high, in June.
He will be doing the challenge with the charity African Adventures, and in doing so raising money to help provide humanitarian and financial support to a number of educational projects and schools in Africa.
In the lead-up to it, he aimed to raise £750 for the charity, but he has already surpassed that figure, thanks largely to an event held at the Raglan Quoit Club.
Ricky – a Teesside University student – had his hair shaved off by Katie Devine, who works at Shapers, in Church Square, and declared the night a “great success”. He said: “The charity night raised £688, which was pretty much double what I expected.
“The night was a huge success in terms of the fundraising and the reception that came along with the head shave.
The more money we raise, the more smiles we will put on peoples’ facesRicky Adams
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along, everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and tombola, and Katie for doing the head shave.
“An online fundraising page has also raised £95, so I’ve fulfilled my goal of £750, but I want to go bigger and better.
“The more money we raise, the more smiles we will put on peoples’ faces.
“It’s all going towards building schools, toilet blocks and educational facilities over there, and hopefully the work we do will make a real difference to the people there.”
Ricky, of Ouzel Close, travelled to Ghana with African Adventures in 2013, and was part of a group which built homes and worked with communities.
That gave him a taste for volunteering, and he has now set about preparing for his first mountain climb, which will take about five to six days and involves walking for between 12km and 15km a day.
The success of the charity night has added to his excitement.
Ricky added: “I hadn’t sold many tickets and thought it might be a poor turnout, but that wasn’t the case.
“I’m just delighted that so much money has been raised so we can make a big difference to the project.”
To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RickyAdamsCharityClimb2016