Hair today, gone tomorrow: Horncastle teen loses his locks to raise cash for charity

The big cut - Josh with Carly Stacey
The big cut - Josh with Carly Stacey

Forget hair-raising, a Horncastle teenager admits his forthcoming trip to Zanzibar in Africa will be a hair-removing experience.

Joshua Lincoln will fly to the African country to help develop their agricultural industry as part of his International Citizens Service Scheme.

Before travelling, Joshua had planned to attempt three very different ways to raise funds for a charity with strong links in Zanzibar.

First, he had his prized locks shaved off last Friday.

Then, he had hoped to be following in Monty Python’s footsteps by spending a week on a sponsored ‘silly walk.’

Finally, he will perform a one-night comedy stand-up routine at the town’s Lion Theatre.

However, his silly walk has been ruled out because of licensing problems regarding a street collection.

Joshua, of Tennyson Gardens, has just finished his A Level exams at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

And he admits even his friends are stunned by his fundraising .

He said: “I want to raise as much money as possible and shaving my hear seemed a pretty good idea.

“It’s disappointing I won’t be able to do the silly walk but it hasn’t stalled me. There’s still the comedy night.”

He admitted to having mixed feelings about losing his hair.

He added: “I have got long hair so it will suddenly feel a lot colder. It will be sad to see it go but it is in a very good cause. “

Joshua has already completed his National Citizens Service – a scheme which encourages youngsters to help at locally based projects.

He spent his time volunteering in Lincoln.

He is looking forward to his International Service - and that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Zanzibar.

He added: “Basically, I’ll be working in their food and vegetable industry.

“It is already established but they are keen to develop and we’ll be helping introduce new ideas and new technology. It should be really good experience.”

Joshua will be taking a well-earned break from studying to complete his Citizens Service project.

He has already secured a place at Wolverhampton University where he will study war and politics.

Family and friends – and QEGS – are backing his fundraising and he said the thought of his one-night comedy routine – at the Lion Theatre on July 11 – is more worrying than the flight to Africa.

q Anyone wanting details to support Joshua should visit the Just Giving site and type in his full name.