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Newlyn stroke victim David Flecknor has head shaved for charity

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

By Josh Barrie

  • The Fisherman's Arms - Newlyn. Dave Flecknor has his head shaved for charity by bar maid Dee Gilbert. PZPM20131217F-003_C.jpg

  • The Fisherman's Arms - Newlyn. Dave Flecknor has his head shaved for charity by bar maid Dee Gilbert. PZPM20131217F-004_C.jpg

  • After: Dave sports his new, shorn, look.

  • Before: Dave Flecknor has his head shaved for charity by Dee Gilbert at the Fisherman's Arms, Newlyn.

  • The Fisherman's Arms - Newlyn. Dave Flecknor has his head shaved for charity by bar maid Dee Gilbert. PZPM20131217F-002_C.jpg

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AS HE recovers from a serious stroke a Newlyn resident has been preparing to have his locks completely shaved off for charity this week.

David Flecknor, who suffered a stroke three years ago, had all his hair cut off at The Fisherman's Arms on Tuesday evening, on the third anniversary of being struck by the incident.

Raising money for the Phoenix Stoke Appeal, which Mr Flecknor said provided "vital support" in his recovery, the 45-year-old is hoping to see a good amount raised.

"I want to continue supporting the charity – so (last month) I decided to shave my head," he said before the event.

"When it happened we had a lot of hope. Phoenix has been great the whole way along."

Mr Flecknor said the organisation was always on hand to offer guidance and answer questions – and he is now set to start a new job as a support worker at a nursing home in the new year as his health continues to improve.

"It's a big improvement – I guess over the past year I'm feeling more able," he said. "Thankfully I've got a new job and we'll see how it goes."

Having started growing his hair long when he was 12 and having had it long since, Mr Flecknor said it will be a strange feeling to not have his hair.

"It's been 33 years," said the former nursing home manager. "It's scary but it's good and it's raising interest. If I raise lots of money it'll be worth it." He added his fiancée, Lynda Coates, has been supportive – although like him she is keen he grows it again, which Mr Flecknor thinks may take about five years.

If you would like to donate call Lynda Coates on 07786 605417.

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