St. Mary's student Jack Bogue before and after his sponsored haircut this afternoon.
Today was a non-uniform day at St. Mary’s Diocesan School but for one student, sixth former Jack Bogue, it was a day to remember for an entirely different reason.
This afternoon, in front of almost the whole school, he had his shoulder length hair cut off for charity and, fair dues to him and all of his schoolmates who supported him, he raised well over €1,200 in the process.
The full amount raised is not known yet as money is still coming in but the figure is expected to rise to somewhere close to €1,500.
Whatever the outcome there is no doubt that Ann Shortt and her team at Drogheda Alzheimer group will be most grateful for Jack’s efforts.
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It was a cold afternoon to have your hair cut, especially as Jack has had it long for seven years, but he was happy enough to submit to the shears and scissors of Darren Ryan of Southgate Barbers who came in to do the deed.
The big chop started shortly after 3.00 pm and soon the long tresses of dark hair that had taken Jack seven years to grow were falling to the floor.
In just over seven minutes it was all over and Jack, who was smiling and laughing throughout, went from hippy to skinhead - in looks at least.
The assembled school cheered him to the rafters for his generous gesture and there was a queue of people looking to take selfies with their recently bald friend.
Jack’s parents Claire and Robert were both there in the front row and they had had the foresight to get their son a woolly hat to protect him from the biting cold.
Jack chose the Alzheimer's society as his granny, who died four years ago, suffered from it so he had first-hand knowledge of the disease and also the vital work the Alzheimer's centres such as Tredagh Lodge carry out.