A SPALDING teenager, whose hair has never cut for the whole of his 17 years, finally let scissors near it at the weekend to raise money for charity.
Kieran Search’s light brown locks were falling to the back his knees when mum Beth started cutting it on Saturday to raise money for Cancer Research.
The sponsored hair cut took place at Tesco in Holbeach, where Kieran works at weekends.
Checkout operator Kieran, of Gedney Drove End, had planned to keep growing his hair until he was 18.
But he was prompted to have it cut early by the sudden death of a work colleague, Stuart Bamford, who had cancer.
He said: “It was such a shock. Stuart was such a nice man and always made us laugh. I always intended to have my hair cut when I was 18 and raise money for charity, but after Stuart died I decided to do it early.
“And now I am working too, I felt it was time.”
As well as raising money for Cancer Research, which is Tesco’s chosen charity, Kieran plans to donate his hair to The Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment.
However, he hasn’t gone for a short back and sides style. Kieran, who wore it plaited when it was long, said: “I chose shoulder length because it would be easier to care for. Before now it took half-an-hour to wash and six or seven hours to dry.
”I kept it clean and plaited and it’s never been a problem – no-one has ever said anything bad about it.”
His mum is very proud of his fundraising efforts. She said: “He has always been an independent spirit and he knew from a very early age he wanted to grow his hair and one day do something good with it and donate money to charity.
“It was easy for him because he was home schooled, so he didn’t have teachers telling him to have his hair cut. I’m really proud of him.”
Anyone who wishes to make a donation can still do so by visiting www.just giving.co.uk/kieran-search