A POLICE officer from Uttoxeter has raised more than £8,000 by shaving off his infamous ‘man bun.’ PC Rich Lymer lost 22 inches of hair on Saturday at a community fun day to mark the loss of his ‘luscious locks.’
After seven years, and several appearances on TV’s Cops UK: Bodycam Squad, Rich decided to get rid of the man bun to raise funds for three breast cancer charities, chosen by three people close to him who have been affected by the disease.
Katharine House Hospice, the StrongMen charity and Mummy’s Star will all receive a third of the money raised.
As well as refreshments and activities for children, the fun day included a tombola and stalls with donations made by vendors towards the cause.
Rich said: “Prior to the event I had received £5,500 in online donations to my JustGiving page which since having my hair shaved has now gone up to £5,605 and a total of £410 in pre-event cash donations. During the day a total of £913.42 was given in cash donations, children’s activities, food sales and donations made by the stall vendors.
“Add to this a figure of £1,106.70 made by the tombola and £2,020.12 was raised on the day. The combined total of the event and donations means an amazing £8,035.12 has been raised which when split between the three charities will mean around £2678.37 per charity.
“Considering my initial target was only £600 and I now have achieved over four and a half times that value for each charity is just amazing.”
Family friend and barber, Sam Johnson, snipped the locks, preserving the hair which will be donated and used for wigs, before shaving Rich’s head – all live on social media.
Rich, who worked the Uttoxeter beat before moving to Staffordshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, has been raising funds online, and his JustGiving page remains open as final donations are collected. He also has two unique gifts that were donated and will be auctioned separately to raise further funds for Katharine House Hospice, StrongMen and Mummy’s Star.
The StrongMen charity helps men cope with bereavement; Mummy’s Star supports women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth, while Katherine House Hospice supports families coping with life-limiting illnesses.
Rich added: “The success of my fundraising is not down to my efforts alone but down to the generosity of friends, family, colleagues and even people who have never met me before.
“Through donations, social media shares or just kindness in attending my event to support me has meant I have achieved this amazing figure. I would like to say how proud I am of my achievements but the greater sense of pride comes from being given the opportunity to raise funds to help support these charities so that they can continue to support those who need it.”
Rich’s fundraising page currently remains open for donations. Visit: www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/lopping-lymers-locks.
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