The boss of Cowes-based technology company Yokogawa Marex has raised money for Mountbatten Isle of Wight by getting his long locks cut.

Divisional Director Wayne Matthews managed to raise over £280 for the charity on Thursday when he went for his first cut since February 2020.

Wayne decided to part with his lockdown locks to raise money for Mountbatten, which provided care for his mother-in-law Josephine Blanchard – who recently passed away after fighting a long battle with cancer.

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Wayne said:

“Mountbatten staff do a wonderful job and provided loving care and support during such a difficult time to my family, so I decided the time was right to have my hair cut. I was also being energetically encouraged by fellow members of Newport Golf Club, who have donated generously for such a worthy cause.

“The hospice also provided great support to two former colleagues, Steve Jones and Neil Brock.

“Everyone on the Island knows of Mountbatten’s great work and, with the support of colleagues at Yokogawa and Newport Golf Club, I am really pleased to have been able to raise money for them.”.

The lockdown locks were cut by hairdresser Faye Courage of FC Hair Studios in Northwood Business Park. Faye donated her services for free.

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The hair was plaited and has been donated to the Little Princess Trust who do great work providing wigs to people with cancer.

If you wish to support Wayne, you can make a donation at

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