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Hair today but gone tomorrow

TyneMet engineering lecturer Mel Catalanotto and student Kieran Monaghan after their sponsored head shave.

TyneMet engineering lecturer Mel Catalanotto and student Kieran Monaghan after their sponsored head shave.

An engineering lecturer and student came up with a hair-raising plan to raise money for charity.

TyneMet College lecturer Mel Catalanotto and Kieran Monagham 16, from 16, shaved their heads to raise nearly £800 for the MS Research and Relief Fund and the MS Society.

Mel decided to undertake this challenge because his wife has Multiple Sclerosis and Kieran joined in because his grandmother also has MS.

Two hairdressing students – Charlie Smith, 19, and Bev McKenzie, 37, both studying at the college – were more than happy to be the ones to carry out the ‘shaving’.

Mel, who had grown his hair over a period of months and had dyed it various colours along the way, had his yellow/orange hair first styled in to a giant Mohican and then shaved off bit by bit.

Mel said: “The hairdressing students were very professional and my Mohican was very impressive, it’s a shame I couldn’t keep it.

“I am delighted that Kieran and I have been able to raise nearly £800.”

Joanne Hewison, head of service and business enterprises at the college, said: “When Mel approached me with his idea I contacted our hairdressing salon and they thought it would be an excellent experience for the students.

“The hairdressing students Bev and Charlie performed well and Mel and Kieran were both willing models.

“I would like to thank everyone involved especially Mel for coming up with the idea in the first place.”

 

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