Last year, I lost a customer and a friend to suicide. Every week in the UK, 84 men take their own lives. Devastatingly, on Sunday 15th April 2018, Carl Malik was 1 of these 84 men. For Carl, a haircut meant so much, it was important to keep looking sharp and smart, and in some cases this meant he was back to see me only two weeks after his last appointment, just so he could look his best for a certain occasion.
Upon hearing the tragic news, I was absolutely gutted - no words can portray how I felt. I had only seen him a couple weeks before for a quick trim and chat. I knew shortly after meeting up with his cousin Ash for a pint that I wanted to do something to raise awareness and money in Carl’s honour.
I’ve been growing my hair for nearly two years now, and it is no joke how long it is. So, on SATURDAY 18TH MAY, Ash will be grabbing the clippers, sitting me down in my own chair and asking me “and how short are you willing to go on the sides, grade one or two sir?”.
I’m raising money for CPSL Mind, who are the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire section of Mind, who support local people on their road to recovery from mental health challenges. They also campaign against the stigma & discrimination faced by so many people with mental health conditions.
Carl was a brilliant man, who had such as positive impact on so many people, including myself. I cannot describe what it means to me to raise money in his honour.
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