Very close shave to help Raise the Roof

FOUR men have had their heads shaved to raise money for our Raise the Roof Appeal.The Appeal was launched to raise the last £100,000 needed for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCIS) to put the roof on the cancer information centre at Ipswich Hospital.

FOUR men have had their heads shaved to raise money for our Raise the Roof Appeal.

The Appeal was launched to raise the last £100,000 needed for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCIS) to put the roof on the cancer information centre at Ipswich Hospital.

Fundraising efforts across the county since the Appeal was launched in bike and the latest efforts are hair raising.

Ben Bloomfield of Leiston grew his hair for nine months to prepare for the fundraiser and said: "I wouldn't describe it as long, it's more wild."

The bearded biker had his unruly locks and facial hair removed on Saturday, August 30 at the Yoxford Ox Fayre.

He said: "A friend of mine died of cancer last year and I thought it would be good to do something for a cancer charity."

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Mr Bloomfield is now waiting for completed sponsor forms to come flooding in.

Three chefs from the Lion Pub in Needham Market also had the idea to lose their hair for campaign.

They lost their locks on August 17 in a fundraising event at the pub which raised more than £1,200.

Martin Hookham, landlord at the pub, and staff Will Pontin and Jason Neil had their heads shaved in support of their colleague Tracey Smith who has recently undergone chemotherapy.

Mr Hookham said: "We did it for a good cause, cancer effects everyone at some point in their lives and if we've managed to help one person then that's great. Hair grows back after all."

According to Mr Hookham there are advantages to having no hair. He said: "It's a lot cooler working in the kitchen now and we had great fun on the day with a tremendous turn out."

His hair has started to grow back now but there are down sides.

He said: "My grey hairs seem to be coming back a bit more than before."

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