Fred now has a 19.5cm comb (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

Fred Murray grew a charity comb to honor his late beloved friend of Cancer.

The 45-year-old has spent the last two years developing the ‘comb against cancer’ and has already raised € 12,600 (£ 10,500) – and plans to reach the target of € 25,000 by April next.

Fred, from Dublin, says: “My inspiration was a friend of mine called Fiona Cribbon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer probably ten years ago.

“She celebrated her 39th birthday not knowing if she would turn 40, but finally turned 41 when she lost her battle with cancer.

“I was on vacation at the time in Greece and had a dream and was thinking about her the next day so I decided maybe I should try and do something.”

The graphic designer decided to “go beyond” Movember’s popular charitable efforts by developing what he describes as the “worst” hairstyle he could handle.

Fiona Cribben and Fred

He does this to pay tribute to his late friend, Fiona Cribbon, and to raise money for cancer charities (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

Fred Murray before the project
Before the project (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

He adds: “It was until November and obviously with Movember I was thinking about what I could do. The problem is, Movember has been around for so long that I thought I would have had the chance. to collect two hundred euros.

“I started to think about what could really spark people’s imaginations – Movember is great, sure, but it’s been around for a long time now.

“Being a bald man, I can’t really grow that much hair, so I thought a comb would be pretty bad – no relatively young man grows a comb. “

Fred now has a 19.5cm comb on the left side of his head – but still aims to grow taller.


Close-up on Fred Murray's hair
He’s growing his hair out (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

Fred Murray's comb
He wanted to ‘overtake’ Movember (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

He adds that due to various blockages, it was relatively easy to maintain the style.

“Due to the lockdown, I never really left Dublin so my experience was always the same in my bathroom. I kind of configured it to keep the images consistent, ”he continues.

“I lost my hair when I was about 24, so I noticed when I started growing it that my hair is super thin and brittle – it’s very weak.”


Frey Murray's comb
Fred hopes to hit his target by April (Photo: Fred Murray / SWNS)

He adds: “It’s winter so it’s cold so I tend to wear a hat anyway, but when I’m sitting in a pub or inside I tend to remove so that everyone can see it.

“You have the kind of people who look at you, but no one has ever asked me what’s going on with my hair.

“I went on a date while I had the comb, but it was during the lockdown so luckily we met for a walk outside so I didn’t have to take my hat.”

He hopes to continue until spring, reach his goal and cross the two-year mark.

Fred also plans to cycle from the north to the south of Ireland (a comb-like route) in two days, covering around 540 km, as his latest fundraising push.

Her fundraising page can be found at gofundme.com

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