Grantham schoolboy Louis braves the shave

After: Louis Salter has raised more than �850 for Macmillan Cancer Support
After: Louis Salter has raised more than �850 for Macmillan Cancer Support
Have your say

A schoolboy has had his mass of curly hair shaved off to raise money for charity.

Louis Salter, 17 from Corby Glen, wanted a way to raise money for Macmillan cancer in memory of his nan Denise Currie and great grandad Frank Walters, who have both passed away from cancer.

He signed up to take part in Macmillan’s ‘Brave the Shave’ and has already raised over £850, more than doubling his original £400 target.

He said: “It is a charity that is close to my heart ever since my great grandad died three years ago and we lost my nan last year to cancer. So as soon as I heard about Macmillan’s ‘brave the shave’ challenge, I knew I wanted to take part.”

The A-level King’s school student went under the scissors at Genes Barber shop on Westgate on Saturday.

Louis added: “I’ve always gone to Genes so I trusted them, but I was still nervous about what I would look like as people are used to seeing me with really long curly hair.”

Barber Tom Brown has worked at Genes for three years and was given the task of shaving off Louis’s hair.

He said: “I always cut Louis’s hair so I was only too happy to help especially as it was for such a worthwhile cause. He was excited but nervous to start with but seemed pleased with the outcome.”

Louis is now getting used to his new look. He added: “Everyone has been really supportive.”