A close shave for Kimberley tearooms owner

Nygel Stevenson has his hair shaved at Wright Cut Barbers by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust.
Nygel Stevenson has his hair shaved at Wright Cut Barbers by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust.

Mad Hatter Nygel Stevenson had a crazy cranial transformation on Monday for charity.

The owner of Madhatters Tearoom in Kimberley shaved his head for charity, with the aim of raising money for the Ryan Lee Trust.

Nygel Stevenage has his hair shaved at Wright Cut's by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust. Pictured here with mother of Ryan.

Nygel Stevenage has his hair shaved at Wright Cut's by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust. Pictured here with mother of Ryan.

Soon to open on Main Street, Kimberley, the centre for kids living with cancer and mums and dads to chat over coffee has received help from all around the community.

Nygel said he is a strong supporter.

He added: “It’s a local charity and I know Debbie and Shaun well - after they lost Ryan they were so selfless in wanting to help other children who are in Ryan‘s position. The Trust is great because you can see where they money’s going and what they’re doing. It’s a very worthwhile cause and shaving my head is the very least I could do.”

The close shave took place on Monday at Wright Cut Barbers, Main Street, and Nygel exceeded his original goal and made a total of £700.

Nygel Stevenage has his hair shaved at Wright Cut's by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust.

Nygel Stevenage has his hair shaved at Wright Cut's by manager Joe Wright for The Ryan Lee Trust.

Barber Joe Wright did the honours.

Joe said: “He’s well overdue for a haircut - he’s getting a zero - one up from a wet cut, so he’ll definitely feel the cold in this weather.”

Trustee of Ryan Lee Trust and mother of its young namesake, Deb Lee, lost her son to cancer four years ago.

She said she was incredibly grateful for the donation - though not the hair obviously.

“He’s been growing it out just for us and it’s all curly,” she added.

“People have been taking the mickey out of him, calling him Art Garfunkel or Gene Wilder.”

“Now he looks more like Kojak.”

“Without people like Nygel and companies in the community we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in today.”

The charity has had huge community support from local businesses and recently received donations from members of UNISON and Eastwood and Kimberley FC.

The charity has donated a Ryan Lee Trust beanie to Nygel to keep him warm until his hair grows back.

“As if he needed any more hats,” added Deb.