Ellis raises about £7,000 for charity through head shave

Uckfield student Ellis Hunter has raised about £7,000 for charity by having his head shaved.

He had pledged to have the extreme hair cut in memory of his 16-year-old girlfriend Melissa Newell, who died suddenly during the Christmas holidays.


Ellis Hunter pictured before his head is shaved.

The money is being donated to Little Princess Trust, a charity providing real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Melissa, from Manor Park, Uckfield, had donated her own hair to the charity knowing she would lose it during chemotherapy treatment for the cancer she had just been diagnosed with.

Ellis was going to have his head shaved to keep her company and decided to go ahead with the pledge in her memory when she died after catching an infection she was unable to fight off because chemotherapy suppresses the immune system.


Part-way through the head shave.

Family and friends gathered at PHD Barbers in Uckfield High Street on Friday to watch as Ellis, who attends Uckfield Community Technology College, went through with his pledge.

He said afterwards that he was grateful to everybody who contributed on his JustGiving page. “I thought I might get £100 or £200 and would have been happy with that. It’s great to have got about £7,000 in donations both on and offline.”

Ellis said on the page that everyone who knew Melissa understood what a generous and charitable girl she was and any amount for the charity she felt so passionate about, would be appreciated.


All done. Ellis is shorn of his locks.


Lots of friends came to PHD Barbers to see Ellis Hunter have his head shaved.


Ellis Hunter shows off his new look.

Read tributes to Melissa here.

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