The childhood cancer charity Little Princess Trust has benefited to the tune of £457 and some 10 inches of fine quality, locally-grown hair – all thanks to the hair-raising (or falling?) antics of Plastek UK’s Joe Bourne.

Joe joined Plastek UK in January 2019 as a Junior Maintenance Engineer and has been one of our most successful recruits, successfully completing a very challenging programme of training to quickly rise to the position of Shift Maintenance Engineer.

During the first lockdown, with no access to the barber’s chair, Joe decided to let nature take its course. By the time the hairdressers had reopened, it seems he’d come to like the ‘windswept and interesting’ look of a young Ross Poldark and decided to carry on growing his by now impressive tresses.

But this wasn’t vanity. Joe had a plan to let his hair get to a goodly length and then put himself forward for a charity head-shave and also to donate his lovely locks to the wonderful Little Princess Trust charity.

The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, a childhood cancer patient who was traumatised by the loss of her hair. Her parents found it very difficult to source a suitable real-hair wig for her and, after Hannah sadly passed away, launched the Trust to ensure other children could be helped much more quickly and easily.

“This very worthwhile cause has now provided over 8000 high quality real-hair wigs for children and young people as well as providing funds for cancer treatment research,” said Joe, “so I was delighted to do my bit to help and would like to thanks all the people who sponsored me.”