Date published: 16 October 2017
Son grows hair in support of dad who underwent chemotherapy
Scotton resident Tom Clayton, 29, started growing his hair in 2012 when his father, Neil Clayton, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 58.
The technical officer for West Lindsey District Council’s planning team, initially shaved his hair and vowed to grow it as a way of showing his support for his dad throughout the course of his treatment.
Five years later, Tom’s hair had grown down his back to a staggering 50cm of curly hair.
Tom said: “I shaved my hair before Papa started chemo. Five years later, he’s all cleared of his cancer and it’s time for a trim.”
He agreed to cut it all off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in their fundraising event ‘Brave the Shave’.
He called upon friends, family and work colleagues to make a donation for the worthy caused and has so far raised £1,152.
Tom said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. I have more than reached my initial target and I am pleased to have raised so much for a worthy cause.”
Alongside the monetary donation for Macmillan, he has also donated his long locks to the Little Princess Trust.
Tom said: “I heard about the organisation that specialises in creating wigs for children that are suffering with hair loss. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. I thought I could donate my hair to the charity supporting two worthy causes.”
Now Tom is already beginning to grow back his hair, eagerly awaiting his next chop.
There is still time to make a donation to this fantastic cause, if you would like to make a donation please visit Tom’s Macmillan page at: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/thomas-clayton