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On Saturday 8th June, Jen, one of our Microbiologists, braved a dramatic hair cut in support of three different charities.

Jen donated an incredible 14 inches of her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that creates wigs for children and young people up to the age of 24 who are going through treatments or illnesses that result in hair loss, such as chemotherapy or alopecia. The charity aims to return confidence to the children during difficult times.

Not only is Jen donating her hair to an amazing cause, she has also set up a Go Fund Me page to support two marine conservation organisations that are close to her heart; the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institution and Manta Trust.

Jen spent time working with both organisations that are dedicated to the protection and conservation of our oceans and focus on key species that have been heavily targeted by the black market, such as whale sharks and manta rays. Numbers are falling at rates that these long-lived, slow growing creatures cannot sustain, and so developing our knowledge of human impact, along with developing education systems for local communities is vital in protecting these fish and their ocean habitat.

All donations that Jen receives are to be split evenly between the two conservation organisations, in order to help expand their research efforts.

“I feel honoured to have been a part of these growing and developing organisations and know that any token can help expand their research efforts, from funding new tracking tags and software, to new cameras for underwater videos and identification – all of it goes directly back into research.”

If you would like to sponsor Jen for her fantastic efforts, you can go to her Go Fund Me page here.

Well done Jen, you’re a cut above the rest!

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