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Tiff inspires charity head shave

What started off as a tiff went on to inspire a couple to raise more than £492 to help patients and their families during the most difficult time in their lives. 
Ann and Martin Keating rs (cropped)
Martin Keating, 57, rebelled when his wife Ann refused to shave his hair off and decided to grow it as long as he could. 

But it wasn't just stubbornness that spurred him on but the opportunity to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice.

"I like my hair short but Ann thought I'd look like an old thug so she wouldn't cut it," said the painter from Romford.

"My hair grows so quickly and after a few months' people were telling me I looked like a 1970s rocker.

"I lost my sister to cancer a few years ago and I like to support causes where I know exactly where the money is going to.

"If people did not raise money for the hospice there would not be a hospice and no one ever knows when they might need its services."

Ann, who works at Chrissy's hair salon in Chadwell Heath, shaved six inches off Martin's hair (in April) and after 36 years of marriage, they were never going to let an overgrown mop and a few split ends come between them. 

The father-of-two thanked Christine Longman, who runs the salon and is also a ward volunteer at the hospice and The Alderman pub in Harold Hill for their support and to all the customers, friends and family who donated money to the charity.

Chris Holmes, Community Partnerships Manager at the hospice said, "This was a wonderful initiative and we are very grateful to Martin for his fundraising efforts.

"We never cease to be amazed by the way people raise money for the hospice.
"Without the support of our community we would not be able to provide our first class care and support services to people when they need it the most."

Ann and Martin Keating rs
Ann and Martin Keating at the hospice