A super slimmer decided to top off his complete lifestyle change by cutting off a ponytail he has grown for five years and donating it to a children’s charity.
Ian Barnes, 26, of Chipping Norton, has lost eight stone in less than a year and last Friday – while cheered on by his colleagues at the CETA Insurance office in town – he had his long hair chopped for it to be donated to the Little Princess Trust.
The charity provides free real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Mr Barnes started changing his life last summer, not by following any particular diet but by cutting down on alcohol, eating more sensibly and taking more exercise.
Starting at 21.8 stone he now cuts a trim figure at 13 stone 8lbs. He said: “Having done all that, people started saying a haircut would be the icing on the cake, but just having my hair cut off and thrown away didn’t seem quite right.
“I started looking for ways I could mark the occasion and someone mentioned that people donate human hair to make wigs, so that sparked a hunt for a charity I could support as a way to give to people less fortunate than me.” Friends, family and colleagues have all sponsored Mr Barnes and he has now raised more than £400.
For more information on Mr Barnes’ fundraising or to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/IanBarnesPonytail