A MAN who has been growing his hair for 18 months has had his locks chopped for charity.

Daniel Blakemore, from Spennymoor, has now donated his hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provided free wigs for sick children.

He said: "“I have been growing my hair for a while now and earlier this month I decided that it was time for it to go. It would be great to raise as much money as possible for this cause to send with my hair donation.

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“The thought of donating my hair was a very easy decision and I am incredibly grateful of the support from my family, friends and work colleagues.”

Mr Blakemore, who works as a facilities and building services assistant at Northumbrian Water, had his hair cut by his father Andrew Blakemore, who also works for the company at its base in Durham.

Monica Glass, charity manager at Little Princess Trust, said; “We are always particularly touched to hear about boys and men who have decided to grow their hair and donate it to the Trust.

“A huge heart-felt thank you goes out to Daniel Blakemore for choosing to donate his hair after growing it for 18 months. We hope that Dan's donation will help raise awareness of our plight to provide real-hair wigs for all children, boys and girls and perhaps his actions will inspire other to do the same. “Every day we receive letters and emails from families that we have helped and it is thanks to donors like Dan and his supporters that we are able to provide this invaluable service.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Daniel-Blakemore2