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Losing it for the babies

PUBLISHED: 19:47 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

WHEN an Ipswich pub went hair-crazy it raised more than £700 for Ipswich Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit.

Regulars were dye-ing to receive an array of weird and wonderful make-overs at Churchills pub on Bramford Road.

WHEN an Ipswich pub went hair-crazy it raised more than £700 for Ipswich Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit.

Regulars were dye-ing to receive an array of weird and wonderful make-overs at Churchills pub on Bramford Road.

Long-time customer, Percy Huggins, hit the bottle – the bleach bottle, that is, to dye his hair blond with the help of two trained hairdressers, Simone Leigh, of Kami, and Tanya Duncan, of Nutters.

The pair turned their attentions to Gary Wilden and dyed his hair blue. Robbie Miller gritted his teeth and submitted to a dreaded leg wax and Barry Curruthers put his long locks in for the chop when they shaved his head.

"It was great fun," said landlady Karen Hall, who said Mr Curruthers now looked like 'Shrek' and Mr Huggins the spitting image of a pint of Guinness.

But there was serious side to proceedings and she said she was proud to have a hand in raising so much money for a worthy cause.

"My grandson Kyle was rushed in to the unit when he was born because of allergy problems and a lot of the customers have had children in there at one time or another. We thought it was time to do our bit to help a local charity."


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