Nathan Thomas of St Ives loses locks for Philippines typhoon fund
A POPULAR St Ives man has said goodbye to one of his proudest possessions in aid of charity.
Nathan Thomas had his flowing locks, which he has been growing for eight years, shaved off to raise money for victims of the Philippines typhoon.
St Ives turned out at the Guildhall to support Nathan, with more than £1,000 being raised just on the evening of the haircut, which also included a rollerskating marathon.
In total, the 26-year-old's efforts have raised £3,500 which will be donated to the Hopelink, a Filipino charity which is supported by the church Nathan attends, Fore Street Methodist Chapel.
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Nathan said: "I did get really nervous because I have had long hair for years, so it's a big thing. I was overwhelmed by the response and all the people that were there. So I knew it was worth it and how much the money would make a difference."
As many as 80 people turned up to the charity event and onlookers took turns to cut some of Nathan's hair in exchange for donations.
The cropped hair is being donated to Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss.
Nathan, who runs Rollers Roller Disco, also organised the rollerskate marathon, which saw participants cover a distance of 15km.
He added: "A massive thank you to everyone that came and supported and donated."
To donate, call 07525 219463.