William bids farewell to his long hair for three charities

A dramatic haircut in memory of his grandfather saw William Symons raise funds for three charities when he said goodbye to his flowing locks.

After growing his hair for three years he decided to go for the chop in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, The Little Princess Trust and Cancer Research.

William was spurred on with his fundraising as he was doing it in memory of his grandfather Alec Williamson, who was cared for by the hospice before his death.

William said: “After my grandpa died I realised that the last time I had gone for a haircut was with him. We were going on a big family cruise and before we went, he told me I needed to smarten up and we were going for a haircut and that was three-years-ago. Knowing I have been doing it all for him has been really important, it has been my motivation.

“My grandpa was lucky enough to be able to spend his last few hours in peace being cared for at the hospice, which I think is something that as a family we are all hugely grateful for. He was surrounded by those closest to him and he was comfortable.”

Having had his haircut in front of a crowd of 1,000 people while at university on February 14, William visited the hospice last week to handover the charity’s share of his efforts.

With a grand total of £1,536 raised, each charity will receive £512.

“By the time I had my haircut it must have been between 10 and 12ins long. It was put into plaits so it could also be donated to The Little Princess Trust afterwards who will hopefully be able to use it to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer,” added William.

The funds William has raised for the hospice will help it continue caring for those across West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their lives.

You can find out more about the services the charity runs from its Bury St Edmunds hospice, outreach facility in Haverhill and in people’s homes across the community at www.stnicholashospice.org.uk 

Pictured above is William Symons who chopped his flowing locks to raise funds for three charities in memory of his grandfather.

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