Charity chop for father and son

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When an aspiring solicitor at DMH Stallard had his locks chopped for charity and ended up in the Crawley Observer, little did he know that 21 years later, almost to the day, his nine-year-old son would follow in his footsteps.

In 1995 Richard Pollins had his hair cut and raised £300 for charity. Now his son Noah has done the same thing (pictured above before and after, and with his dad) and has raised over £1,000 for Rockinghorse, to help us make life better for sick children in Sussex. As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, we raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment.

Noah Pollins was very poorly as a toddler and spent time in hospital before having a successful operation at Great Ormond Street. The brave youngster made a full recovery and decided that he wanted to help Rockinghorse and had his flowing locks chopped like his father did over two decades earlier.

Richard said: “Back in my younger days I’d left my hair to grow for seven years and as you’d expect it was quite some way down my back! I decided I was due a change of style and managed to help a worthy cause at the same time.” He added: “We will always be very grateful for the exceptional care and support we’ve received from the hospitals Noah spent time in – they do a tremendous job in very difficult circumstances.”

Ryan Heal, CEO of Rockinghorse children’s charity, commented: “This latest challenge shows the breadth of the impact the charity has made across Sussex in the past 50 years. Many Sussex adults who spent time in “The Old Alex” on Dyke Road, are now seeing their children and grandchildren cared for at “The New Alex.” We’re very proud of what Noah has raised for Rockinghorse and his donation will go towards our ongoing projects providing cutting-edge care and equipment for the children of Sussex that need our help the most. We look forward to the third generation of the Pollins family taking on the same challenge in the year 2037!”

The haircut didn’t do Richard any harm, he went on to become the managing partner at DMH Stallard.

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