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Charity head shave ‘best thing I’ve ever done’

17:00 05 May 2014

Hattie Hook after her trim

Hattie Hook after her trim


A Sidmouth student is celebrating an end to split ends after shaving off her luscious locks – and netting more than £1,600 for charity in the process.

Hattie Hook with her flowing blonde locksHattie Hook with her flowing blonde locks

Hattie Hook lost her granddad Neville Stout to lung cancer seven years ago, so wanted to mark the occasion with positivity and make an impact.

She had aimed to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research, but by the end of the shave the ‘emotional’ audience exceeded all her expectations.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done – I didn’t even think I’d raise a grand,” said Hattie, who is studying performing arts at Chichester University. “I think my granddad would have been so proud.”

She only thought a few people would show up, but found herself surrounded people lining up to support her. “It was really emotional, a lot of people were really moved by it – they were throwing money in left, right and centre,” the Salcombe Regis resident added.

She has always had long hair but has come to like her new look, which is the envy of her friends who say they wouldn’t dare do it themselves. Hattie, who turned 20 yesterday, is a familiar face in Sidmouth.

As well as studying at Sidmouth College she has worked in every section of Mocha, which Neville bought from his brother-in-law when he decided to leave his role as a company director. It is now owned by Hattie’s uncles, along with Prospect Plaice.

Her mum, Lesley, said: “It was such a surprise when she said she was doing it but she looks amazing. It’s just incredible the amount of support she’s had.”

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