10:53AM, Friday 28 September 2012
The campaign to raise £50,000 to save a little girl from a wheelchair has inspired two 'hair raising' escapades taking place this weekend.
Vivi Gregory-Osborne, six, suffers from a condition called spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Her mum Helen, of York Avenue, Windsor wants her to have a pioneering operation not generally available on the National Health.
Family friend Nick Addison, owner of the Havana bar in Windsor, is raising money by doing a sponsored accelerated free fall parachute jump this weekend at the Netheravon home of the Army Parachute Association.
But Royston Thomas, 49, a plasterer from Ward Royal, Windsor has an even 'hairier escapade' planned. He is having his lush rasta locks cut off tomorrow afternoon at the Alma pub in Springfield Road.
They took 12 years to achieve. But Royston, a popular musician who plays his guitar and sings at venues all over the area, is sacrificing them to raise money for Vivi.
There is even going to be someone auctioning each lock as it comes off.
Royston said: "I came up with the idea and the ball started rolling. Now there is no going back."
The fundraising campaign has now raised £25,000 - half the amount needed. Helen received a donation of £1,400 from a group of crazy guys based in Didcot called the Thong Rangers, who do pub crawls dressed only in thongs - an activity that raises large amounts of money for a variety of local good causes.
Helen said: "They include a guy and his dad and are absolutely hilarious. I went with them - fully clothed of course - and it was hilarious."
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