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Extreme haircut kickstarts Sports Relief events at Ivel Valley School
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SPORT RELIEF turned into hair relief for one Ivel Valley School student, who showed his big heart by giving up his big hair for charity.

David Archer, aged 18, a pupil at the Biggleswade special school’s secondary site, in Hitchmead Road, came up with idea of getting sponsorship for losing his locks as part of fundraising activities in aid of Sport Relief.

Local hair salon Hair Studio 3 sent along senior stylist, Kerriann Richardson, to clip David’s unruly curls, and also donated money to the cause. “We wanted to help because we were very impressed with the fundraising work done by David and all the other pupils at the school,” said Natalie Jakes, salon owner, who watched David’s extreme haircut along with a crowd of teachers and pupils from the school.

“I wasn’t nervous,” said David. “My hair is a bit uncontrollable – it will grow back very quickly.”

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The first cut, performed by headteacher Julie Mudd, kickstarted a day of Sports Relief activities at the school on Friday [18 March], which included walking, football, and swimming. Wendy Chantrell, PE teacher at Ivel Valley, said every pupil had chance to take part, whatever their ability.


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“Being active has so many benefits. We have some pupils who are extremely fit, and some who have very limited mobility – but by adapting each activity and using specialist equipment everyone can have a go.”

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“Admittedly, hairdressing may not be an Olympic sport – but David has personally raised more £250 in sponsorship, so we think he deserves a gold medal!” she added.