Bognor barbershop running day of festive fun to raise money for terminally ill boy

A Bognor Regis barbershop is raising money for a terminally ill boy with a day of fundraising tomorrow (December 24).

The Man Barbershop, on Linden Road, Bognor Regis, is raising money to fund a terminally ill boy’s life-saving treatment this Christmas by hosting a charity day on Christmas Eve.

With a Christmas Raffle, live music, food, drink and plenty of hair cuts, it’s set to be a day to remember, and owners have promised that all proceeds from the event will raise money to help fund the boy’s life saving therapy.

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Rather than charge their usual rates for hair cuts, owner Slaw Borkowski and the three other barbers working at the shop will be accepting donations for the charity.

The Man barbershop, on Linden Road

The boy suffers from PANDAS Syndrome, which can lead to major personality changes like OCD, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Since PANDAS is an autoimmune disease, treatment involves prompting the body to produce antibodies through a process called Immunoglobulin Therapy, which is not available on the NHS. Instead, the family are having to seek treatment in Ukraine, a vital trip which will set them back £40,000.

That’s an intimidatingly big number, and one which barbershop owner Slaw Borkowski- who raised £2,000 for Southampton Hospital with a similar event in 2019 -hopes to make a dent in with tomorrow’s charity day.

“Instead of collecting money for a hospital, which we’ve done twice now, we thought it would be nice to focus on one little boy,” he said.

“For a hospital, £2,000 isn’t much money, but this could make a really big difference.”

Since 2019’s charity day raised £2,000, Mr Borkowski hopes to push the boat out even further this year, And wants to raise even more to help fund the boy’s treatment.