Uncle shaves off his hair for Owen

Jez Trickett before he has his head shaved to raise money for his nephew Owen Trickett, at the KK Club, Corby.
Jez Trickett before he has his head shaved to raise money for his nephew Owen Trickett, at the KK Club, Corby.
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The uncle of a little boy who is battling a rare genetic condition has raised money for his charity fund by shaving off his hair.

Jez Trickett, 38, said goodbye to his long curly locks at a fundraising event on Friday night in aid of his nephew Owen, who has MECP-2 Duplication.

Owen’s mum Donna Trickett said she hardly recognised her brother-in-law after his close shave.

She said: “He’s always had long hair and it’s always been quite wild so it was quite a big thing for him to have it cut off. I think he had a number two cut all over. We didn’t recognise him without his hair.

“He said he’s feeling the cold more without it.”

The Trickett family, of Rowlett Road, Corby, held the event at the KK Club in Occupation Road to raise money to buy sensory equipment and soft flooring for their garden so Owen to play outside.

Mrs Trickett added: “We’d like to thank everyone who came out in the cold weather. We had a good turn-out and a lot of support from people.”

On the night about £1,350 was raised on the door and through a raffle and Mr Trickett is expecting to raise a further £1,000 through sponsorship.

Owen’s condition was only discovered five years ago, and it took the family 16 months to get a diagnosis.

It causes development delay, respiratory problems and a low immune system and is believed to shorten life expectancy. Owen is unable to walk unaided and cannot talk. Only about 120 cases of MECP-2 Duplication are known worldwide.

Another fundraising fun day will be held at The Corinthian pub on Easter Monday.