Hair today… gone on July 8

LONG HAIRED Dobcross youngster Matthew Guttridge hasn’t seen a pair of barber’s scissors anytime in the recent past…

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Matthew Guttridge

Now though his lengthy locks are on borrowed time as the 10-year-old trombonist with Dobcross Youth Band member prepares for a new look.

On July 8, during the Youth Band’s annual summer concert at Dobcross Band Club, the Holy Trinity Primary School pupil will be trimmed down to size.

And he hopes his decision will be repaid by public donations to the Little Princess Trust and Cancer Research.

Proud mum Julie explains: “A while ago Matthew decided to stop having his hair cut. When it started to get on everyone’s nerves we asked him why he didn’t want it cutting.

“He told us he wanted to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of his grandparents. He lost his grandad on his dad Paul’s side four years ago and his grandma on my side a year later.

“But he also wanted to donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust so his hair could be used to make wigs for children who had lost their own hair during their cancer treatment or through illness.

“As his parents we were both very surprised and proud of him when he told us what he wanted to do. His hair is now long enough to have cut a minimum of seven inches.”

A Just Giving page, ‘Matthew’s Haircut’ has been set-up under Julie’s name and donations, nearly three times in excess of the target, have already been made.


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