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Big turn out for fundraising hair cut day to help save the life of Shipdham baby Henry Vinen

PUBLISHED: 15:44 19 June 2017

Courage Noble Barbershop staff holding a Haircuts for Henry event. Left to right, Rob Loxam, Simon Buller, Guy Jarrett and Brandon Horner with client Alex Saunders sat in the chair.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Courage Noble Barbershop staff holding a Haircuts for Henry event. Left to right, Rob Loxam, Simon Buller, Guy Jarrett and Brandon Horner with client Alex Saunders sat in the chair. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

The owner of a barbershop behind a fundraising day to help save the life of a baby with a rare and potentially fatal condition is “blown away” by the response.

Henry Vinen, 11-weeks-old, who has been diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency, at his home at Shipdham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Henry Vinen, 11-weeks-old, who has been diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency, at his home at Shipdham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Courage Noble Barbershop on King Street, Norwich, which is normally closed on Monday, opened its doors to clients today in a bid to raise £1,200 for Henry Vinen from Shipdham.

The infant was born on March 7 and initially appeared healthy.

But he later developed Severe Combined Immunodeficiency meaning his body cannot fight the simplest of infections because of a faulty immune system.

In order to reach his first birthday, he needs a bone marrow transplant.

Henry’s parents, Maria and Stuart, are trying to raise £30,000 through a Crowdfunding page to fund his 24-hour care before the transplant takes place.

MORE: Crowdfunding launched for baby who could die from the simplest infection

Mr Vinen, 39, a science lecturer at City College Norwich, is a customer at Courage Noble and director of the business, Simon Buller, wanted to support the family.

All proceeds from the Haircuts for Henry fundraiser yesterday, which attracted just over 40 customers, will go towards the Crowdfunding page.

Mr Buller said: “It has been really good. We are a bit blown away by it all. It has been a good fun day. It has been amazing.

“People have been dropping off cash donations and not even getting their hair cut, which is insane. People have also been over paying for their hair cuts. Hopefully we will raise over £1,000.

“I imagine anyone who has children or has a connection with a child cannot help but be touched by the story of Henry Vinen.”

Mr Buller, 38, from Taverham, was joined by three other barbers on the Haircuts for Henry day - Rob Loxam, Guy Jarrett and Brandon Horner.

He said the day encouraged “real community spirit” which he had hoped to achieve after opening the business just over eight weeks ago.

“The boys have done so well and people have loved the environment in the shop,” Mr Buller added.

Daniel Creighton, 29, from Eaton, who had his hair cut on the fundraising day, said: “It is a brilliant idea. If you can get a hair cut and give to good cause, you would be silly not to.”

To donate to the Henry Vinen Crowdfunding page visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Henrysjourney

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