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Banff firefighter's lockdown haircut supports charity

By Kyle Ritchie

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A Banff firefighter’s colourful lockdown haircut has raised £1400 for charity.

Watch commander Kevin Smith cut his hair into a mohawk and coloured it gold as something to raise spirits among his friends while everyone is socially isolating.

But when one colleague offered him £30 to keep it all week, he quickly realised he had found a way to raise money for a charity which supports fire service personnel, retired members and their families.

Firefighter Kevin Smith has turned his hair into a colourful mohawk during lockdown to raise money for charity.
Firefighter Kevin Smith has turned his hair into a colourful mohawk during lockdown to raise money for charity.

His latest fundraising total has now risen to £1420 on his online Just Giving page, with all the proceeds going to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust.

Mr Smith, who has worked with the service for more than 27 years, said: “I actually keep forgetting I have it.

“I work within training for the service, so during lockdown I am regularly moving between stations locally as part of essential business and every time I walk into another one the crews all look at me for a second before bursting out laughing.

“It was just supposed to be a big joke for friends and family at first, giving everyone something to laugh about but it’s already became so much more than that.

“I can’t thank everyone who has donated already enough, it’s humbled me greatly and I’m just glad it can give someone a smile and raise some money for a good cause.”

His wild hairdo suits his love of rock music with bands including Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Linkin Park among his favourites – a love he shares with his three sons.

He added: “My boys all love rock music, as much as I do, which is fantastic.

“My wife – not so much and you can hear her groan every time I’m screaming out some Linkin Park in the car.

“The mohawk is really good fun, and more than a bit unique but I’m not sure it will last longer than lockdown – it makes family photos and things a bit odd.

“But while I have got it, I want to make the most of it.

“Some people have suggested dying it the colours of the rainbow to show support for NHS and key workers.

“But since I’m going to be shaving it right off at some point, I just dyed it gold.”

People can donate to Mr Smith’s Just Giving charity page here.

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