VIDEO: Grandad Rodney Snell has half his head shaved for Leicester Heart Link

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A LORRY driver had half his head shaved to raise money for the charity which helped his grandson, who was born two months premature.

Rodney Snell, 50, of Main Road, Thurlby, decided to brave the barber’s clippers to support Leicester Heart Link.

Rod Snell with his new haircut

Rod Snell with his new haircut

The charity helped his daughter Emma and son-in-law Gareth Bolland after their son Oscar was born in October, two months before his due date, with heart problems which required an eight-hour operation.

While Oscar was being treated at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester Emma and Gareth, who live in Boston, stayed in accommodation close by which was funded by Leicester Heart Link.

Rodney was so impressed with the charity’s work he decided to raise some money for them by shaving half his head. Barber Lee Markey, of Markey’s Wee Barber Shop in West Street, Bourne, carried out the cut on Tuesday morning.

Rodney, who works as a lorry driver for Bourne Textiles, said: “It’s probably the strangest haircut I have ever had. But it’s a small price walking round looking daft for a week or so.

“I’m going straight down to work to show it off and then I’m off to see Emma and Oscar.

“Emma was really pleased when I told her what I was doing. She’s been texting me this morning to say good luck.”

Rodney has so far collected £300 in sponsorship for Leicester Heart Link and is hoping to raise more. He praised staff for the work they do, which includes providing accommodation for families of those being treated at Glenfield Hospital and funding equipment for use in the wards.

He said: “I thought if there was anything I could do I would. They were brilliant with Oscar. I want to raise awareness and encourage others to donate because they did such a brilliant job.”

Oscar is now five months old and is progressing well, although he is currently being treated for a minor infection in the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Rodney added: “The doctors are pleased with his progress and we’ve got our fingers crossed he’s going to make a good recovery.”

If you would like to sponsor Rodney, call him on 07789 008114.