Colchester care home chef Peter Bartholomew has raised £595 for Breast Cancer UK by growing his hair for six months.

Peter, who works at Great Horkesley Manor care home, usually keeps a close-cropped hairstyle. However, he rose to the challenge of letting his hair grow from January 2021 to June 2021. At the end of the challenge, Peter decided to dye his long locks pink in honour of the charity.

Throughout the challenge, Peter was sponsored by his friends and family. Residents of the Colchester care home and their family members were also keen to chip in, helping Peter smash his £500 target.

After growing his hair for six months, Peter decided to shave his hair again, as long and pink hair just wasn’t his style!

Charity fundraising activity is widely encouraged by our homes, as supporting our local communities and those who live in them is very important to us.

A Fun Yet Humbling Challenge

Commenting on the fundraising challenge, Peter said: “Breast Cancer UK is an incredible charity. I really wanted to do something special to raise vital funds for them.

“I normally have a shaved head but I thought, why not grow my hair and see how long it can get in six months? To top it off, I dyed it pink in honour of Breast Cancer UK.

“The challenge was a lot of fun, but it was also very humbling. Knowing the money raised will make a huge difference to the people the charity supports is wonderful.”

Alison Day, home manager at Great Horkesley Manor, said: “It was fantastic to see Peter’s hair growing throughout the six-month challenge. He has raised a fantastic amount of money for Breast Cancer UK and we are extremely proud of him.

“We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has sponsored Peter. Your kindness will not be forgotten!”

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