Story and picture taken from Gloucestershire Live 3.8.17

It’s a good thing it’s summer because five young people from the National Citizen Service in Gloucester are walking round with rather cold heads this week.

Billy Green, Ed Thomas, James Hughes and Archie Owlett, all 16, and Brandon Hutchinson, 20, braved the shave for the NCS, a government-run programme for 16 to 17-year-olds.

It comprises a four week program, the first two weeks focused on team-building residential, whilst the final two go towards a social action project. There are hundreds of teams across the country participating in NCS.

One team, based at Young Gloucestershire, is fundraising for the Hop, Skip and Jump Centre in Cheltenham, which provides opportunities for children with disabilities.

To fundraise, they held both a tombola and sponsored head shaving in Gloucester city centre on July 26. They hope to raise enough money to buy the centre a new peddle go-kart and replace the fence, ensuring the safety of the children.

The team thanked the Tesco branches of Longlevens for their generous donations, and The Pride: Hairdressing and Barber shop for volunteering their services and assisting with the head shaving.