A lecturer isn’t feeling “blue” after his latest close shave for charity.
Former firefighter Steve Bloomfield, who now teaches English at Sunderland College, is sporting an eye-catching haircut in aid of the Blue Lamp Foundation.
With the help of barbering lecturer Mark Sowerby, Steve now has a flashing lamp and the emergency services number 999 dyed bright blue and shaved into his head.
Steve, who worked for the fire service as a crew commander for 17 years before joining Sunderland College, said: “This is a charity that is very close to my heart and when I found out the public services students were attempting to raise money for the foundation, I jumped at the chance to help out.
“About 10 years ago I had my hair chopped off in aid of Sunderland Royal Hospital, so I thought why not incorporate another interesting haircut into the fundraising efforts this time.
“It certainly captured the imagination of both staff and students, who have donated generously to the cause and I’m sure they will be reminding me about this for a long time to come.” Steve has raised more than £300 for the Blue Lamp Foundation, which was set up by the late Pc David Rathband, who was blinded after he was shot by Raoul Moat in 2010, which seeks to provide financial help to members of the emergency services who are injured in the line of duty.
Steve added: “The college raises a considerable sum for charity at this time of year through a range of activities organised by staff and students.
“I’m ecstatic that myself and the public services students have played a part in supporting this very meaningful Christmas tradition.”