Cambrian News photographer - John Reading is having his ‘clown wig’ hair chopped off for charity

A CERAMICS tutor at Aberystwyth Arts Centre is having his ‘clown wig’ hair chopped off next month in aid of a charity which has helped him cope with a cancer diagnosis.

The Cambrian News reported “John Reading, who lives in Penuwch near Tregaron and has worked at the Arts Centre for the past 26 years, said that he is cutting off what he calls his ‘clown wig’ of long grey hair that he has been growing for the past year to raise money for Maggie’s cancer care centre in Swansea.

John, 74, was diagnosed with liver cancer in February last year, six years after being given the all-clear from previously having skin cancer.

John said that the new diagnosis left him feeling “very depressed and down”, but said his immunotherapy treatment at Singleton Hospital is looking like it is working.

John said that while “running 26 miles in a silly costume is not an option” for him, cutting off his hair to raise money will be a “shock enough to his system.”

“It can also be quite a shock to the system finding out you have cancer,” John said.

“Hence the charity I am raising money for is Maggie’s cancer care centre in Swansea.”

John has already raised nearly £500 – almost half of his planned £1,000 target.

John will be in Morrisons, Aberystwyth, ‘clowning around’ in full make-up collecting donations from 11am on Saturday, 12 May.

Sandra from SCISSORS.COMb salon in Mill Street will shave off John’s hair at 1.30pm.

For information on John’s fund-raising efforts and to donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scalpedformaggies.

You can also donate by texting LOSS74 and the amount to 70070″ here.

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