MINT Barbers of Westbourne hosted ‘Trims4Chester’, a Covid-19 secure fundraising event which collected over £3,000 for Dorset based charity Cheers4Chester.

The occasion, which was held on Sunday December 20, where Mints’ award-winning team of barbers came in on their day off, opened their doors to clients and, despite all of the lost earnings this year due to lockdowns, donated all of the days’ takings to the charity.

In addition to the haircuts, Mint also hosted a Virtual Christmas Raffle on the day with prizes ranging from signed sports memorabilia to luxury nights away.

In total, the day raised a whopping £3,105.

Cheers4Chester was set up in 2019 by husband-and-wife duo Ben Walton and Sam Walton to raise money for their four-year-old son Chester to have life changing surgery in the US.

Chester, from Verwood, has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a developmental disorder which, caused by damage to the white matter of the brain, means that Chester’s gross motor functions are severely impaired.

As a result, he has spasticity - or extreme tightness of the muscles - which causes unusual movement patterns and prevents him from being able to stand or walk unaided.

A full-time wheelchair user, Chester requires round-the-clock care and assistance.

Speaking about the fundraising event, Chester’s dad Ben said: “We really can’t thank CJ and the team at MINT Barbers enough for hosting Trims4Chester to help us on our fundraising journey - especially given the tough year they have had themselves.

“It is so incredibly selfless of them and really does go to show just how amazing some people are and puts faith back in the human race.

“This is going to make a profound impact on Chesters’ life.”

With a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), Chester could learn new, pain-free ways to sit, stand and - even one day - walk.

The procedure, which works by permanently removing the spasticity in the patient’s muscles, has already changed the lives of many children who, like Chester, suffer with the debilitating disorder.

Chester was turned down for the operation in the UK due to NHS funding criteria but has been accepted by St Louis Children’s hospital in the USA by the world’s foremost surgeon in the field.

The four-year-old is scheduled to have this in March this year. His family have been fundraising to pay for not only the operation itself but also intensive rehabilitation back in the UK through private physiotherapy, as well as specialist strength and conditioning experts over the next two to three years.

Estimates for the fundraising required surpasses £100,000 for the next two-year period but thanks to the incredible generosity of many friends, family as well as fundraising events such as Trims4Chester itself, Cheers4Chester has raised £90,000 so far, with £70,000 of this being raised in the last six months.

Speaking on behalf of Mint, Director CJ Bell said: “Chester and his dad Ben have been coming to us for a while now and when we heard about this potential life changing operation, we wanted to help in any way that we could.

“Chester is such a sweet lad and deserves the best chance.

“This year has been very hard commercially for us being in and out of lockdown of course but our team were so passionate about raising money for Chester this is the least we could do. It’s amazing to be a part of his journey.”