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Norwich man's overdue hair cut was worth the wait

David Dunkley having his hair shaved at the King's Head pub in Hethersett to raise money for charity.

David Dunkley having his hair shaved at the King's Head pub in Hethersett to raise money for charity.

Submitted - May 2011

About 100 people gathered at the King's Head pub in Hethersett to see David Dunkley cut his hair for the first time in six months and raise more than £4,100 for charity.

The 57-year-old had not cut his hair since November last year to help him raise some money for various units the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which helped his partner beat breast cancer last year.

Patricia Jackson underwent treatment for breast cancer at the N&N last year and Mr Dunkley wanted to show his appreciation for the treatment she received.

Although the couple live on Paterson Road in Norwich, Miss Jackson grew up in Hethersett, and that is why the King’s Head pub in the village was chosen for the event.

With the help of daughter-in-law Ruth Codling and step-son Gavin Codling, a fun day with barbecue and raffle was organised and was a great success. Mr Dunkley said: “I’ve not had my hair as long as that before and it was certainly getting on my nerves by the end.

“But I was so impressed with the care of the doctors and nurses for my partner at the N&N that I wanted to do something.”

The money will be split between the breast care unit, Weybourne day unit and oncology unit at the N&N.

The raffle had about 45 prizes such as a tour of Fuller’s Brewery in London, a snorkelling day in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and two sets of designer glasses from Cecil Amey opticians in Norwich.

Hairdresser Stacy Lambert of Avalon, Norwich, did the honours of cutting the hair while other locals enjoyed a barbecue and Mr Dunkley was really pleased to see so many people in Hethersett support the event.

He added: “I would have been disappointed if we didn’t make £3,000 but to make more than £4,000 is absolutely brilliant. About 100 people got involved and he community really supported us.”

Are you organising an unusual charity event? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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