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College's Student Union President’s Head Shave to Benefit Two Charities

Coleg Llandrillo’s student union president took the plunge and shaved off all of his hair at home, donating it to a charity that provides free real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer and other illnesses, whilst also raising hundreds of pounds towards cancer research.

19-year-old Luke Preston from Colwyn Bay raised £250 for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s official charity of the year, Cancer Research Wales, before donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Originally, the event was arranged to take place at Coleg Llandrillo's commercial hairdressing salon during the student union's charity week last December. The event was then rescheduled for January, before being postponed again. Luke decided to shave his head himself at home as he was eager to donate his hair and raise much-needed funds for cancer research.

Newly-shorn Luke said: “This was a big decision for me after growing my hair out for just over two years, but I'm feeling great now. The greatest thing is, by cutting off my hair, two charities benefit at the same time. I'm glad to have raised about £250 for Cancer Research Wales, our official charity of the year for 2020/2021 as voted for by our students. I'm very thankful to everyone who donated.”

Each year, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s student union speaks to the students about the charities that matter to them. The student union then compiles a shortlist of charities and students vote for their charity of the year. For the 2020/2021 academic year, the students chose 'Cancer Research Wales' as the official charity of the year.

The Little Princess Trust is a charity that has provided thousands of free wigs to children throughout the UK and Ireland who have sadly lost their hair from treatments due to diseases such as cancer and alopecia. However wigs can cost hundreds of pounds each to produce for the charity, so Luke’s offering will be gratefully received. The trust also funds research into childhood cancers.

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