Grandson’s dreadlock holiday for Marlborough gran

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Joel Wreford and his gran Mary Keepence before the charity haircut Joel Wreford and his gran Mary Keepence before the charity haircut

Driving instructor Joel Wreford waved goodbye to his dreadlocks to raise money for his grandmother’s care home.

Mr Wreford’s 91-year-old grandmother, Mary Keepence, recently moved into Coombe End Court in Marlborough so the 34-year-old decided to put his dreads to good use.

He said: “I’ve had long hair for 20 years and dreads for nine and they are quite hard work. I’m coming up to 35 so I thought it was time for a change and my gran has just moved into Coombe End so the timing is quite good.”

The transformation took place in the garden of his local pub, the Eastfield Inn, where he let donors chop off one of his 63 dreadlocks in exchange for a minimum of £10.

Mr Wreford set a fundraising target of £630, which he has almost doubled.

He said: “People double take when they see me – even I’m still shocked when I look in the mirror.

“I haven’t had short hair for such a long time that I’m not sure how to style it and it feels strange to feel the wind and the back of my neck.”

To sponsor Mr Wreford, visit www.everyclick.com /joelsdreads

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