Burton Latimer man to go to enormous lengths for Wellingborough charity with fundraising hair shave

To cut a long story short, Shane will donate the money raised from his head shave to Wellingborough-based charity We Mind & Kelly Matters

By Alison Bagley
Monday, 17th February 2020, 1:40 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 1:49 pm

A Burton Latimer man who has always had long hair will have his beard and head shaved to raise money for a Wellingborough mental health charity.

Shane Hawkes will have his 'beloved' hair chopped, as well as all of his facial hair, for We Mind & Kelly Matters - a charity founded by his employers Glazerite .

We Mind & Kelly Matters was set up in 2019 by Glazerite’s chairman John Hewitt, in memory of his daughter who took her own life after a battle with depression.

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Shane Hawkes will have his hair chopped off on February 29

Shane, who works as a window fabricator at Glazerite’s headquarters in Wellingborough, said: " We Mind & Kelly Matters is a charity close to my heart. Having lost close friends to suicide, I think it’s an important cause to raise money for, especially as it also raises awareness of mental health issues.

“I’ve always had long hair, so the thought of having it shaved off is a really big deal for me – there’s only one way I’d do it and that is for such a worthwhile charity.”

Shane, who is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity, will be in safe hands as his girlfriend, Lauren McLaren, who is a hairdresser at Northampton-based Octopus Hair, will be in charge of the clippers.

He said: “My girlfriend will have the joy of shaving my beloved hair off. I’m a bit worried I’ll look like my dad’s twin. I’m a bit nervous about what I will look like without my hair and beard but it’ll be worth it.

"She will be happy, I’m sure, as it means I won’t be using her expensive hair products any more."

Shane's work colleagues and supporters will gather at a party to watch his long locks being chopped hosted at Glazerite's Finedon Road Industrial site base on Saturday, February 29.

Octopus Hair has also offered to hold a raffle to raise even more money for We Mind & Kelly Matters, with prizes including hair products and haircuts.

John Hewitt set up the registered charity in memory of his daughter Kelly, following her death aged 24 in December 2018.

The charity raises awareness of mental health issues and supporting those struggling with it, as well as fundraising for mental health charities like Mind.

Recently, money from We Mind & Kelly Matters has been used to fund a one-year pilot pilot project at Rushden Mind highlighting suicide awareness and prevention.

To support Shane please go to his fundraising page.

We Mind & Kelly Matters was set up to raise funds for charities Mind and Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide (SOBS). For more information about We Mind & Kelly Matters please click here.