Tuktuk Day 45

It was good to hear from Tom Saunders thanking me for yesterday’s post. Nice tie in with the day before’s too because Marcus Rashford from the previous day had actually donated a shirt to the Ben Saunders Foundation (#respect.) If you have not voted for the Ben Saunders Foundation (zero cost!) please pop over there now. Tom assures me that EVERY vote counts!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet but nevertheless heartfelt. Some of you will know that I have not cut my hair for 3 and a half years! I was “encouraged” to grow it by a nurse who was looking after me in hospital back in 2020. It is for the Little Princess Trust who make wigs for girls with leukaemia. I had vaguely heard that hair was needed but having regulation short back and sides realised I was no use to them. I read up about the charity and was pleased to grow my hair to my elbows for this GREAT cause.
Cancer is cruel. Cancer is evil. There is NO best or worst type of cancer but I do think that children with cancer is perhaps the saddest. Anyway, I read up and applied and so it came to pass that I got my hair cut at Academy Salon in Cobham yesterday. What is needed?

I quote:
“The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

We also fund childhood cancer research searching to find kinder and more effective treatments. 

Send a wig

Hair and Hope

We work closely with a trusted network of accredited wig fitters to ensure our wig recipients never have to travel far for their wig fitting.

We know that the children and young people we support may be facing many challenges, so we make the process of requesting a wig as easy and as straightforward as possible.

Providing free real hair wigs is at the heart of what we do, but we also want to support the development of less aggressive and less toxic cancer treatments.

In 2016, thanks to the huge efforts of our fantastic fundraisers, we were able to begin funding scientists researching paediatric cancer.

We have now funded 128 research projects searching for kinder and more effective treatments for all childhood cancers as we continue to follow our vision to give Hair and Hope to every young person with cancer until there is no longer a need for what we do.”

How could I not support?

If you want to learn more, please pop over to the Little Princesses Trust website.

Academy Salons

Now, there is a special way the hair needs to be cut for a wig. The Trust gave me a number of local contacts but they either did not reply or did not cut men’s hair (?) so I was glad to find unisex Academy Salons in Cobham. Sadly not on my doorstep but less than 2 hours by three buses and I was there. I amde a day of it and had a wander in Kingston on the way there.

I have to say that it was the first time in my life that I had been in such a luxurious salon! I was met by two charming receptionists who took my coat, sat me comfortably and they beavered away. They made light of the fact that I am deaf and knew exactly how the hair has to be cut for the wigs. They had the instructions to hand and had clearly done it before! Now where I normally go, Raz or Ahmed have never taken more than 15 minutes I am sure, nor have they washed my hair or conditioned it. Their shop is always busy and people are buying vapes, phonecards etc etc. There are a dozen TV screens showing a dozen channels, from a dozen countries! Buzz, buzz, buzz, snip, snip, snip. In and out. Done, hecho, fatto. Not at Academy. It was 75 minutes in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. I saw a few of the previous clients leaving all looking delighted with their choice of styles. Now, I had no choice how it was cut but then with all the ponytails off, they set about making me look half-human. I am totally impressed. No George Clooney or Sean Connery but that was never going to happen! Highly recommended.

It would be rude of me not to give them a shout. So, take a bow, Academy Salons, Cobham. Website, booking site? Yes, here it is.

PS. Before I even got there, I was impressed with confirmation of appointment emails etc. Not something I am used to. If there is a spare seat at Chez Raz you grab it and know you will be out in thirty minutes max and that he will have been on his mobile for most of your time in the chair!

PPS If anybody makes a donation to Little Princesses, I will upload before and after photos!


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