04:38AM, Wednesday 03 October 2012
A musician sacrificed his lush rasta locks in a bid to raise money for a little girl's operation.
Royston Thomas had his hair cut on Saturday at the Alma pub in Springfield Road, Windsor, raising £1,340 towards helping six-year-old Vivi Gregory-Osborne to walk.
Vivi suffers from a condition called spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Her mum Helen, of York Avenue, wants her to have the pioneering operation that is not yet generally available on the NHS.
Onlookers cheered as the 49-year-old's treasured locks hit the floor to raise money for Vivi's operation. They had taken him 12 years to grow.
But Royston said: "There was not a lot of point being sad. You have to move on. They had to come off at some point so why not in a good cause?"
Watching as the locks came off were Royston's mum Aurelia, brother Gavin and sister Pippa. Aurelia was particularly pleased to see the back of the locks.
"She hated them," said Royston.
The campaign for Vivi's operation needs to raise £50,000 and half has already been raised.
Photos by Jayne Holt.