A Colchester music teacher is to shave off his long curly hair to raise money for Alopecia UK.
Chris Daniels, 47, who works at Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, will have his wavy brown hair chopped on Saturday 30 March. He decided to raise funds for Alopecia UK after his mother, who had lived with the condition for many years, suddenly lost all of her hair after being involved in a car accident.
The father of three said: “My mum was really affected by losing her hair and often people don’t understand the psychological effects it can have. I wanted to raise awareness of the condition and charity and also as much money as possible to help with the research into alopecia.”
The Colchester Rugby Club player will have his hair shaved in front of his team mates at the club’s Essex Firefighters’ Charity rugby tournament.
Chris, who also plays the saxophone in a number of local bands, added: “It not only affects the person with alopecia, but the whole family – it certainly brought our family closer together. I do have very long hair – it’s 15 inches in fact – so it will be a big change for me, but I’m prepared to be cold and it’s a small price to pay and will stop my wife nagging me to get my hair cut!”
Chris also plans to give some of the money raised to Cancer Research UK and St Helena Hospice and will donate the hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost their hair.
Alopecia UK Trustee Jennifer Chambers said: “We’re very grateful to Chris for his fantastic fundraising efforts and we rely on donations such as these to keep the charity going and continue to provide vital support to people with alopecia and their friends and families.”
To sponsor Chris visit www.justgiving.com/chrisdaniels