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After four years without a trip to the barbers, Caudwell Children Kickstarter apprentice Solomon who is part of our Research and Engagement team has waved goodbye to almost 25 inches of hair to raise money for two children’s charities.

Staff at disability charity Caudwell Children captured the moment their 20-year-old colleague had his 23-inch ponytail snipped at the charity’s headquarters in Newcastle.

Money raised from the hair-raising fundraiser will be donated to Caudwell Children to fund support for autistic and disabled children.

Sol hopes to raise £100 and is still asking for donations.

The impressive lock of Sol’s hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust – a charity that provides real hair wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer and other conditions.

He said: “I’ve been growing my hair out for four years. I wanted to cut it and Nat, who works with me at Caudwell Children, suggested I donate it to charity.

“I thought: why not, I don’t need my hair but it could help someone else!

“The fact that I can help two charities at once was a no brainer. It just makes sense.”

Caudwell Children supported almost 11,000 children across the UK in 2021 thanks to the fundraising support of people like Sol.

After his hair cut, Sol said: “It felt great, it was a really fun experience but it was even better to do it to help children and their families.

“The money raised will help fund support to families of disabled children.

“While working here I’ve seen first-hand the huge difference donations make, and I really wanted to contribute to that. Every single penny goes towards making a difference.

“I would encourage everyone to fundraise this year. You get to have fun while doing something important. Caudwell Children have loads of fundraising options, from skydives to bake sales.”

Caudwell Children provides equipment, treatments, therapies and support for children with any disability.

The charity also has a state-of-the-art Autism Service at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Keele.

Natalie Brown, Family Engagement Manager at Caudwell Children, who cut Solomon’s hair, says she’s “incredibly proud” of Solomon.

Natalie said: “We were all really moved that Sol wanted to do this for our charity. It was an honour to be the one cutting his hair!”

“Sol’s fundraising will make a huge difference to so many families who need our help more than ever during the pandemic.”

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