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Hairy times lead to cash for a wax
9:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
Goatacre residents Mick Stoddard and Pete Jones braved a head shave and a leg wax in support of two-year-old Ollie Baker, who suffers from spastic diplegia.
Ollie, from Lyneham, has a form of cerebral palsy that means the muscles in his legs are always tight and he cannot move without a walker.
He needs a £24,300 operation to get him walking, which is not available on the NHS, and his parents Carol and Stephen Baker are determined to raise the money.
Mr Stoddard, who works with Mr Baker at Haines Construction in Calne, gave up his long white beard in support of Ollie at Goatacre Village Hall on August 31.
At the same time Mr Jones, who is the chairman of Goatacre Cricket Club and plays cricket with Mr Baker, had his legs waxed.
They raised £870 through an auction offering supporters the chance to wield scissors and pull off wax strips.
The job was finished off by Alice Haines, 23, from the Guys and Dolls Hair Salon in Oxford Road, Calne, who volunteered to supervise the waxing and cutting.
Mr Jones said: “It was a painful experience to go through at the time, but there were a lot of people who enjoyed inflicting pain on me.
“If it can go some way to get little Ollie his operation it will be worth it.”
Donations towards Ollie’s operation are growing rapidly. Nearly £5,000 has been raised online and recently ASF Signs, of Royal Wootton Bassett, donated £1,000.
Mrs Baker, who volunteered for a parachute jump due to take place yesterday, said she was amazed by the support. She said: “Mick’s got no hair and no beard now – the last time he shaved his beard off was 18 years ago. It was an extremely long white beard, a bit like Santa Claus.
“I think we’ve made a fantastic start – it gives me the thought that we’re going to get it done.”
A charity night will also be held at the Woodlands Social Club on Saturday, October 26, featuring Clark and the Kryptonites.
Wristbands created in support of Ollie are available for sale in Calne at the Guys and Dolls Hair Salon, The Woodlands Social Club and The Bug and Spider.
They are also at The Mallard Pub in Lyneham and Helen’s Hairdressers in Wootton Bassett.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/stepbystep13
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