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Soldier from Widnes shaving hair off to raise cash for Combat Stress

A Widnes veteran has given up his familiar shorn style and grown his hair long in aid of the charity Combat Stress. Mike Flanagan, 27, took on the challenge after the group helped out a close friend. Former Lance Corporal Flanagan, who left the Royal Electrical And Mechanical Engineers due to an ankle injury sustained in work more than a year ago, began growing his locks nine months ago and now has three months to go until it is chopped off on November 26.

The hair itself will be donated to a charity that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy while sponsorship cash will go to Combat Stress. At time of writing he had raised 440.93 of his 1,000 goal. Combat Stress provides support for veterans and their mental health including conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder.

Mike, who is in the Mediterranean at the moment with his wife who serves in the Army, said he is still acclimatising to having lots of hair.

I ve had my head shaved for ages so this is hot I m coming back from Cyprus at the moment.

I m doing it because one of my friends served a full career in the Navy and then the police and he had a bit of a breakdown and Combat Stress helped him loads.

The work they ve done since Afghanistan is amazing.

On his Just Giving appeal web page he said: I thought for a laugh I d grow my hair and not cut it for a whole year.

It s going to look horrendous!

To donate to Mike s cause visit https://www.justgiving.com/mike-flanagan/

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