Many ice hockey players are known for their hairstyle as much as their playing style – whether there’s not a hair out of place or they prefer something more casual.
The long locks of Lightning forward Jack Watkins have certainly not gone unnoticed this season – but what many supporters probably don’t know is that his efforts are all in a very good cause.
Jack has been growing his hair for two years and on Friday 4th December will have it cut – but rather than being swept away, his hair will go to the Little Princess Trust. The charity provides real hair wigs to children across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair after treatment for cancer.
In addition, any donations pledged in return for Jack’s efforts will also go to the Trust, providing a double helping of support.
The player revealed he was inspired by a friend who had grown his hair for the same reason: “I first became aware of charities like the Little Princess Trust a couple of years ago, through a friend who has donated his hair a couple of times. I thought it was such a good idea – it’s such a small thing but helps someone else in such a big way.
“It costs the Little Princess Trust £350 just to make just one wig, so if anyone is able to make a donation, all money will go to the charity with my hair and I know will be very much appreciated!”
Anyone wishing to help Jack with his fundraising for the Little Princess Trust can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/jackwatkins93 – or simply text JAKO93 to 70070 to donate £5.
Find out more about the Trust at www.littleprincesses.org.uk.
(Image permission: Tony Sargent)