BULL’s Head drinkers had a hair-RAZING time last week, when lustrous-locked pub-goer Ian Hatton agreed to have his mane lopped off to fund his cousin’s cancer treatment.
Eager Mexborough pub patrons paid over £200 to watch Ian have a public shearing in the High Street, in aid of bowel cancer sufferer David Wilson, who has been denied access to a potentially life-saving drug... because of his postcode.
A crowd gathered to watch the nervous Mexborough man lose his long-time crowning glory on the town’s High Street, at the hands of Sarah Robinson and Grace Sheppard from nearby salon, The Easy Barber.
And in just three minutes, the hair and beard Ian had been growing since 2007 was gone – to the great delight of the pub-goers.
Looking startlingly different, a relieved Ian told the Times he would “start growing it all over again tomorrow, ready for the next event.”
He added: “It’s a very worthy cause and I hope it’s raised a lot of money – and you can see my earrings for the first time in years!”
Ian’s close-shave was just one part of a whole afternoon of fundraising activities in David’s honour, organised by his niece Beverley Pendlebury and Bull’s Head hosts Anthony and Pat Cupitt.
David, 50, was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 – and doctors told him he could have just a few years to live without treatment.
His consultants want to give him Sirtex to help stop the disease from spreading to his liver.
But in Oundel, Northamptonshire, where David lives, Sirtex is only available privately – at a cost of £24,000!
Yet five miles down the road in Cambridgeshire, the drug is available freely on the NHS.
Outraged by his plight, mum-of-five Beverley, 28, teamed up with the Bull’s Head to hold a giant auction, raffle and charity karaoke afternoon.
Beverley said: “What’s happened to my uncle is outrageous.
“He’s been told he needs £24,000 to have the drug privately just because he’s in Northamptonshire.
“To raise that kind of money, he would have to sell his house, but he shouldn’t have to, when the drug is available to people just five miles away in Cambridgeshire.
“I’ve organised this day because it’s unfair to put a price on my uncle’s life.
And David himself made a late appearance at the party, telling the pub that he would give the money to someone else in need, if he didn’t live long enough to have the treatment.
The proceeds, which had reached £418 by the time the Times when to press, were paid into David’s charity account.