Preston man raises almost £1,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad

Tom Cunningham has donated his hair to The Little Princess Trust and raised money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad, Ken
Tom Cunningham has donated his hair to The Little Princess Trust and raised money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad, Ken
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A Preston man has sacrificed the long locks he has grown since he was a teenager to raise funds for charity in memory of his dad.

Tom Cunningham had his ponytail chopped off, donating the hair to The Little Princess Trust, and raising almost £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, in honour of his dad, Ken, who died of oesophageal cancer five years ago, aged 59.

Tom Cunningham has donated his hair to The Little Princess Trust and raised money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad, Ken

Tom Cunningham has donated his hair to The Little Princess Trust and raised money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad, Ken

A stylist from Barbers, in Fishergate, did the big chop at Debenhams, in Preston, where Tom works.

He said: “My dad fought bravely against oesophageal cancer for a year. He died five years ago and it had a huge impact upon my life, as well as on my mum, Janet and my two brothers. It still bothers me to this day.

“In recent years I have seen friends and family who have been diagnosed with cancer or have lived with someone fighting it and I have been inspired by their strength and courage to fund-raise for charity.

“I am no long distance runner. I have probably cycled once in the past 10 years but what I can do is give away something I cherish to someone who needs it more. My hair.

“I have had long hair since I was 18 years old, it’s time for someone else to have a chance with it.

“Occasionally I frighten myself looking in the mirror and I keep reaching for my ponytail, but I like it. People say it’s taken a few years off me which can’t be bad.”

Anyone wishing to help Tom’s cause can do so at http://www,justgiving.com/fundraising/tomcunningham894.