He’s beaten cancer and now Spalding man Nick Barker has undertaken a hair-raising fundraiser so he can help others battling with the disease.
The dad-of-one underwent gruelling treatment including several rounds of chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer seven years ago.
Now he’s got the all-clear, the 41-year-old decided to have his long hair chopped off to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. He’s also donating his leftover locks to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for boys and girls who have lost their own hair during cancer treatment.
Nick, of Park Road, said: “Being told you have cancer changes your whole life – your whole perspective on life.
“I remember watching the Macmillan adverts that said ‘you don’t have to go through this alone’, but I did. My dad died when I was just three, and my granddad, who I was also very close to, died too.
“I just want to raise some money for Macmillan, to help them raise more awareness.
“I really appreciate how lucky I am – I can wake up every day and see the sunrise, and hear the birds.”
Nick, who is self-employed carrying out home repairs and improvements, also runs a Forever Living business with wife Emma (35), selling wellness, beauty and other Aloe Vera products.
Its chosen charity is also Macmillan, which Nick explains made it all the more fitting for him to support it.
He said: “I’ve recently gone self-employed, so I thought it was about time that I smartened myself up and it all just all tied in to cut it off to raise money.
“I’ve got the all-clear now, but there is a killer out there, and it’s called cancer. I just want to do my bit to help others, and give something back.”
Before the fundraiser at Uppercuts in Spalding, on Saturday, Nick had raised £150. Anyone who would like to support him can contact him on 07411573288.