Willow Gardens care home and Hampshire Lakes retirement village cheered on their very own “Super-Hero” as he had his long locks cut by the on-site hair stylists, Lynn Vickery and Natalie Hillier to donate to The Little Princess Trust. £380 was raised on the day as residents and staff threw money in the bucket to spur George on!!!

George Steed, who has grown his hair for 3 years whilst working in the Hampshire Lakes Bistro and studying for a degree in Contemporary Music Production said he “felt lucky to be blessed with a natural resource on his own head, so wanted to use that to help someone who had lost their hair”.

The Little Princess Trust produces wigs from real hair for children in the UK who have lost theirs due to cancer treatment, but this costs £500 per wig, so the donations are welcomed greatly.

The whole event was streamed live on Facebook, raising a further £450 for Macmillan’s “Brave the Shave” from friends and family.

Councillor Tony Spencer, Mayor of Yateley came to give his support said: 

“George is a brave young man, just 21 with luxuriant hair grown past his shoulders, the envy of all us stubble-headed old men who long ago shed their locks to anno domini….he emerged handsome and virtuous to loud and genuine applause from the audience of residents and staff of Willow Gardens and Hampshire Lakes”. 

Mr Tony Kunesch, a Hampshire Lakes resident spoke at the start by showing everyone a vinyl record of Joyce Grenfell’s “Don’t do it George” – very apt, but luckily advice which George ignored as he had his 30cm ponytails carefully cut and saved to send off.

Rhona Smith, General Manager stated: “We are all proud of George and were very happy we could support him in his venture”

Claire Osler, Village Manager commented: “We were sorry to hear George’s trademark locks would be disappearing(!) but we are so proud of what he has achieved by “Braving the Shave” for Macmillan and The Little Princess Trust. We want to thank all the staff and residents at Hampshire Lakes/Willow Gardens for their generous donations to allow George’s hair to be made into a wig and to support someone suffering with cancer”.

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