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Hair-raising vote will raise funds for community café

By Jean Gunn

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Offshore worker Billy Brock is putting his new hairstyle to the vote.
Offshore worker Billy Brock is putting his new hairstyle to the vote.

A local man has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for Thurso Community Café – by putting his next hairstyle to the vote.

Billy Brock's fun fundraiser will give people the chance to pick from four choices that are shown in an online survey.

"I have decided to do something a little different to try and help raise some pennies for a good cause – the Thurso Community Café," he said.

"Like a lot of people, circumstances have limited our choices in many ways – whether it is how we work, live, exercise or see loved ones. Some of us are fortunate enough that all we can do is combat the boredom, but others have larger burdens.

"The volunteers at the café offer a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable in our community, offering sustenance, friendship and a safe place for people to be."

Billy, whose wife Ann runs the café, explained: "The idea is simple – I have offered up choices where folk will choose my next haircut by taking part in the survey provided. All I ask is to add a donation on the JustGiving page to the café."

These are the four new hairstyles that people can choose from.
These are the four new hairstyles that people can choose from.

During the coronavirus pandemic the volunteers have been helping people in isolation to remain connected by offering virtual meetings.

A community larder, stocked by the café and generous offerings from the community and local businesses, was also set up.

Billy, an offshore worker, pointed out that the community café had adapted to the changing circumstances and was needed more than ever now.

"The café has only ever run on donations and has no revenue stream," he said. "Unfortunately the account is getting low, so I have decided to donate my next haircut – and possibly my dignity – to the café to try and raise a few pennies and hopefully raise a little cheer."

Billy added that his sister – not a trained hairdresser – would be cutting his hair on Sunday, June 7, with the event streamed live for all to see.

"I will wear my new look with pride for a full 21 days at my place of work," he said.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTP775L

Donations can be made by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/thurso-community-cafe

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