First haircut in over four years for Rochdale man - who will donate all 30 inches to charity

Date published: 13 June 2021

A local man will encounter his first haircut in over four years this month, when he has all 30 inches of his natural hair chopped in aid of charity.

Sam Rowlands, 28, of Newhey has not step foot in a barber shop since March 2017.

Now, due to hotter days coming, amongst other factors, Sam will brave the chop before the end of June and part ways with his luscious locks – but it will not be in vain.

“I will be donating all 30 inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust who make wigs and hair pieces for young girls/children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment, amongst other things,” he said.

“If I can make just one little girl feel more ‘normal’ when she is at school, or out and about, it will be worth it.”

Not only will 6' 5” Sam be donating his hair - which reaches his waist - but he will also use the event to raise vital funds for another cause very close to his heart, The Christie Charity.

An NHS cancer facility based in Manchester, Sam has experienced first-hand the good work and effort that The Christie put in to ‘make a very real difference to people every day’.

He has currently raised £795 of his £1,500 target.

“Both of my parents have been treated at The Christie in the past,” he continued.

“Fortunately, they are fine now, but The Christie had such a big impact on the two people that have had the biggest impact on my life. Cancer is an issue that has affected me and my family dearly, and countless others also.

“Any donations anyone can give will be massively appreciated, but if not, please just share and spread the word.”

You can donate to Sam’s cause via GoFundMe:

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