This is for you, Reece

A MAN is set to have his hair dyed pink in memory of his grandson.

Jeffrey Piper, from Stanway Close in Glemsford, has agreed to have his hair shaved into a mohican and coloured to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.

Mr Piper, whose grandson Reece died from the illness in 2000, has promised to keep his new look for two weeks in a bid to get people talking about meningitis and the affect it can have on families.

“Reece was only two when he died and it was just horrific,” he said.

“I want to do all I can to stop others having to suffer the way our family did.”

Mr Piper will be adopting his spiky pink hair from on May 30, when he will be at the Cherry Tree Pub in Tye Green, watched by an audience of sponsors and well wishers.

“I’ve been growing my hair for a couple of years, but I don’t mind having something so extreme done for this,” he said.

“People will probably think I’ve lost it when they see me, but I will get used to the stares after a few days.”

Mr Piper said he was hoping to raise around £1,000 for charity.

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