A NEWQUAY father is 10in shorter – and 10 degrees colder – after his mohawk was shaved off.
Steve Blight, 29, sacrificed his signature style to raise money for the neonatal unit which cared for his newborn daughter.
It took 24 months to grow his colourful Mohawk and an hour to style but within 20 minutes on Saturday it was gone.
Mr Blight, from Hawkins Road, did it in aid of the neonatal unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where Sasha-Louise spent six days. Steve said its staff went above and beyond the call of duty to support him, wife Roz and their baby.
"She was born at Penrice in St Austell but when she came out she was blue," he said. "She was practically stillborn. They spent 14 minutes resuscitating her and then gave her oxygen for 40 minutes.
"She was rushed to Treliske and she spent the next six days there.
"We weren't allowed to hold her. On the third day a nurse had to connect some wires to her body but she said to my wife, 'If you're coming up you may as well hold her'. We didn't get offered that chance at first and that was the first time my wife was able to hold our daughter."
Steve's target is £500, and he has so far raised £287.
Sasha-Louise, now 6, was later diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy.
Steve said losing his beloved mohawk – at Paul's Barber Shop on Albany Road – was a simple decision, though not without its traumatic side.
"It was really nerve-racking," he said, "and my head's really cold now. Those who know me know how much I love my mohawk.
"I've been growing it for two years and during that time it's been a vast array of colours and had many patterns cut into the sides.
"It took at least an hour to stick up, but then there's the time my wife spent dyeing it every few weeks as well.
"Myself and my family want to give our thanks to the special care baby unit. They work amazingly every day and the staff were all fantastic and worked so hard day and night to help make her well.
"There are many babies in neonatal every day, every week, every month, so please, give generously and remember you never know when someone you know may need the support of a neonatal unit."
A hospital spokeswoman said: "The staff on the neonatal unit are constantly amazed by the generous donations given to the unit and the lengths parents, relatives and friends go to when raising money. It really does make a big difference to enhancing care on the unit and we'd like to thank Steve and wish him all the best with his fundraising."
To support Steve visit his sponsorship page at www.justgiving. com/steven-blight