A former military man who prides himself on his short hair and visits a barber fortnightly is to grow his locks for a year in aid of charity.
Welshman Martin Jones made his final trip of the year to Goodfellas, in The Traverse, Bury, on St David’s Day to launch the initiative, which will raise money for the Bury and West Suffolk Samaritans.
The 59-year-old, of Sapiston, has grown his hair for charity twice before - raising hundreds of pounds for the rehabilitation centre at RAF Honington and Anthony Nolan. He said: “My hair gets to shoulder length, which for the normal person wouldn’t be a great deal but being ex military I always have my hair short.”
After the hair cut, Mr Jones was chauffeured in the Samaritan Smart car to the Dun Cow, in Bardwell, where guests celebrated St Davids Day with a Welsh themed meal.
Mr Jones was a troop sergeant in the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. He now works for the Croft family at Honington Hall.
Sponsor forms and collection boxes can be found at Goodfellas, in The Traverse, and the Dun Cow. Donations can also be made directly to Bury and West Suffolk Samaritans at Barclays Bank - account number 43319148 sort code 20-16-12 or send a cheque to the branch at 5 Northgate Business Park, Bury, IP33 1HP.