Hair-raising experience for Suffolk man

AN Ipswich man is today bracing himself for the hair-raising experience of having his locks cut by a blindfolded woman clutching scissors.Courageous Nathan Thorpe is raising money for the cancer ward which treated his dying sister by allowing his long-time hairdresser Lindsay Wallace to go to work with scissors and clippers without her even being allowed to take a peek at his hair.

AN Ipswich man is today bracing himself for the hair-raising experience of having his locks cut by a blindfolded woman clutching scissors.

Courageous Nathan Thorpe is raising money for the cancer ward which treated his dying sister by allowing his long-time hairdresser Lindsay Wallace to go to work with scissors and clippers without her even being allowed to take a peek at his hair.

Mr Thorpe is not even nervous about the prospect of the hairdresser from Hair Raisers salon in Ipswich's Carr Street snipping away blindly.

The 37-year-old from Barleyhayes Close in Ipswich said: “I've been going there since I was about 17. Lindsay is good at what she does.”


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But while being keen to help raise money for charity, Ms Wallace is less sure of her abilities of creating the perfect hair style without looking.

She said: “I don't know if I can do it. I'm not just using clippers, I'm using scissors and comb.

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“It's a fairly fashionable hair cut so it's definitely not the easy sort.”

And what do her fellow hairdressers think?

She said: “They think I'm mad - I think I'm mad!”

The daring stunt is planned for later this month and the pair are raising money for the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey and the special care baby unit at Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Thorpe's sister Julie Giles, 50, recently died after suffering from cancer and the lighting designer wants to help the ward which cared for his sister.

But the idea for the fundraising stunt came out of the blue.

Mr Thorpe said: “I was in there one day with my two children and she was talking to my little girl and I said 'watch what you're doing'. She said 'I've done it so many times I could do it blindfolded.

“Now it's really taken off. It's just spiralled and spiralled.”

Mr Thorpe has already raised £500 but the pair are aiming to top £1,000.

To support their effort donations can be posted to Lindsay Wallace, Hair Raisers, 71 Carr Street, Ipswich, or call the salon on 01473 254 871.

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