Ollie's hair idea pays dividends

IF you ve got a fund-raising problem…and no one else can help, maybe you should callsix-year-old Ollie Gysin! Ollie, from Braunton, decided to go for a BA Baracus-inspired haircut to help out a family friend who is currently trying to raise �2,500 for th

IF you've got a fund-raising problem...and no one else can help, maybe you should callsix-year-old Ollie Gysin!

Ollie, from Braunton, decided to go for a BA Baracus-inspired haircut to help out a family friend who is currently trying to raise �2,500 for the Children's Hospice South West.

The mohawk style haircut, made famous in the hit 80s television show, The A-Team, helped the youngster to raise more than �100 towards Richard Dean's Two Halves and a Whole appeal.

Richard, 60, from Fremington, is running two half marathons and one full marathon for the Fremington-based hospice, which provided respite for his six-year-old son Kierran before he died in 2003.


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"When Ollie heard about what I was trying to do, he offered to shave his hair to help," Richard told the Gazette.

"He asked family and friends at the Braunton Out of School Club which he attends to sponsor him and raised �103.

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"The haircut looks brilliant - but it's growing back already!"

Richard, who underwent surgery and radiotherapy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, has since vowed to get fit and raise money for the hospice.

He has already raised �500 after completing the Bath Half Marathon in March this year, the week before the six-year anniversary of his son's death.

"My family and I are still to this day supported by the wonderful staff at Little Bridge House," he added.

"And before hanging up my running shoes, I want to run The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October, as well as next year's Bath Half Marathon and the Virgin London Marathon, all in memory of my son, and to give back just a fraction of what Children's Hospice South West has done for me and my family."

Readers wanting to support Richard can do so at his on-line Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/richarddean1/

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