The Mad hair dare bunch

4:00pm Saturday 18th February 2012

By Helen Morton

WEIRD and wacky wigs and hair-raising hairstyles were seen across Basingstoke as schools, businesses and organisations raised thousands of pounds for the town’s St Michael’s Hospice.

The annual Mad Hair Day saw people from across the borough put vanity aside for the day to raise money for the hospice, in Aldermaston Road.

With money still being collected, the hospice is on target to match last year’s total of £6,000.

Thirty schools, colleges, hairdressers and other organisations took part in the big fundraising day.

At the hospice itself, staff and residents entered into the spirit of the big day, wearing wigs, and rocking bizarre hairstyles to raise money for the cause. Hospice marketing assistant Chris Griffiths stepped up for the charity, getting his legs waxed for the first time.

Chris, who raised £500 through the stunt, said: “The actual waxing wasn’t that bad but my legs are really cold now – they’re hairless. I’m pleased with the amount I raised. My colleagues, friends and family were very generous.”

Hairdressers at the Edward James Cutting Rooms, in Winchester Street, got into the spirit by donning wigs as they went about their work last Friday.

Senior stylist Becky Watson explained that they were keen to support the hospice as one of their stylists, Lesley McKenzie, volunteers there, styling the hair of patients.

She said: "It's a really good cause and I'm sure that we will carry on putting on these mad hair days for the hospice."

Plenty of schoolchildren also got in on the act.

Chris Griffiths said those at the hospice were very grateful for everyone's support.

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