Above: Eddie Newell with his longer locks.Picture: Tony Jones. Inset: His normal shaved look. Picture: Supplied.

A head-shave is a popular fundraiser, but one West Norfolk man decided to go the opposite direction to raise money for charity.  

Eddie Newell, of North Wootton, has been growing his hair for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Mr Newell, 52, has been shaving his head weekly for ten years but was convinced  to ditch his razor for the charity.

“What moved me most about EACH is that staff say when people think of a hospice it can conjure up nothing but sad images, but they use the money to make life just that bit more fun and enjoyable for these children with life-threatening illnesses,” he said.

Mr Newell has been growing his hair  since January 1 for a regional fundraiser within Nationwide, where he has worked 29 years and is currently an area manager.

The hair-growing will end on Thursday, March 31, when Mr Newell hopes to reach his £500 target.

The following day he will be sporting one final new look.

“My family have said that on April 1 they’re styling my hair how they like.”

“I believe they’re going to give me a mohawk or mohican, he said.”

The EACH charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Mr Newell’s fundraising can visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lesssilvefoxmoregreyafroman