Sunday, May 31, 2020

Derby businessman to grow hair until vaccine found for COVID-19

A digital marketing consultant, has pledged to grow his hair until a vaccine is found for COVID-19, after a childhood prank came back to bite him.

Andy Morley 38, started a ‘friendly feud’ with pal, Nathan Farrell many years ago when he took his beloved Raleigh Chopper bike on a tour of Ilkeston, and some 10 years later, Nathan managed to get revenge.

Andy, a consultant in web design, branding and digital marketing, said: “Nathan and I have been good friends for many years now, and when he bought his pride and joy – a brand new Raleigh Chopper bike in 2010 I couldn’t resist playing a few pranks on him.

“He has never forgotten it and took his revenge last week by hijacking my social media and setting up a JustGiving page to tell everyone that I had pledged not to cut my hair, until a vaccine was found for COVID-19.

“By the time I had realised, I was racking up comments from people saying that it was a great idea, and I couldn’t really refuse!”

So far, Andy has raised £325 with a target of £1500, and all proceeds raised will be going to the Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).

The charity is close to Andy’s heart as a good friend of his, Keith Dolby, works as a technician within the ambulance service and is the inspiration for this project.

Andy added: “We would love to raise the profile of this charity because many people haven’t heard of it locally, and the great work that they do.”

Caring for those who care for us, TASC was launched in April 2015, but has a much longer history. It grew out of the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund, and today the charity offers a wide range of support services, including physical rehabilitation for those injured in the line of duty, and even counselling services, which could be subject to increased demand during COVID-19.

Andy continued: “When this all began my hair wasn’t too long, but now the realisation has set in, that I could end up looking like something out of Castaway!

“We would all love to see a vaccine developed to cure this horrible virus, but time will only tell how long it takes.”

To donate to the project, visit www.andymorley.co.uk/covid-19/

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