An Abbots Langley man who grew his hair for more than seven years has had it cut for charity.

Colin Cheesewright, 27, from Upper Highway, raised £1,333 for Macmillan Cancer Support after having his hair cut at JHD Barber Shop, Bushey Mill Lane, Watford on Saturday.

He set out to raise £500 for the charity after his mum was twice diagnosed with cancer.

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He said: "We smashed what we set out to achieve. Everyone is telling me it looks great, but I’m not convinced because I loved my long hair, but overall, I’m very happy.

"It has been a fantastic experience. I am so grateful to anyone who has donated or helped out in any way.

"To anyone who has donated and I haven’t personally thanked them yet, as some people haven’t left names on my JustGiving page, I’d just like to say thank you."

The 27 year-old, who attended St Michael’s Catholic High School in Garston praised JHD Barber Shop, who did the haircut for free and kept the shop open for another hour while the cut took place.

Colin said: "I just think it is amazing that he not only did it for free, but he was so good with the communication beforehand. There was no previous relationship. The first time I shook his hand was when I went for the cut."

"It’s fantastic what he has done, it looks great."

The hair has been sent to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair after receiving cancer treatment.

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Mr Cheesewright before the crop

Kerry Cunnane, Hertfordshire fundraising manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "We are thrilled that Colin’s fundraising has been such a great success.

It is a fantastic achievement that he managed to raise almost triple his original target, and these funds will help ensure that we can support people across the county who are affected by cancer. Congratulations and thank you on behalf of Macmillan, Colin!"

One anonymous donor on Colin’s JustGiving page described him as a: "Hero: a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and fortitude."

Another anonymous donor contributed over £100.