A Douglas man is to lose his trademark dreadlocks for a cause close to his heart.
Selwyn Facey, aged 57, of Woodbourne Square, hasn’t had his hair cut in more than 20 years and it’s more than four feet long.
It will be cut by Giulio Fabrizio, of Utopia hair salon, at 11.30am on April 12, at The Strand Centre, Douglas, in aid of Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity.
Giulio’s grandfather Caesar Leonetti first cut Selwyn’s hair when he moved to the Isle of Man from London.
Selwyn said: ‘My dreadlocks have become part of me. I am never fazed when children or others want to touch them to see if they are real.
‘Twenty years is a long time and I am dreading losing them, but I can’t think of a better cause than Naseem’s charity.’
Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity was set up in memory of Naseem Pishvaie, who died of a brain tumour in 2009 aged 21.
Selwyn’s wife Janette worked with Naseem’s mum Geri at the Department of Education and Nas’s brother Mo went to school with Selwyn’s son, also called Selwyn. Naseem also attended Pulrose Youth Club, where Janette and Geri worked.
‘We got to know her well as she grew into lovely young lady,’ said Selwyn. ‘When Nas found she had a brain tumour we became aware of her amazing strength and courage, too.’
To support Selwyn, download a sponsor form at www.naseemsmanxbraintumourcharity.co.uk or post a donation by cheque to 3 Orry Street, Douglas.