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Nurse gives up free time to provide haircuts for colleagues at Queen’s Hospital

Riad cutting Marino D’Aliessio’s hair (credit: BHRUT)

A nurse at Queen’s Hospital is using his day off to give colleagues a haircut.

After seeing local barbers and hairdressers close due to coronavirus, Riad Daher decided to try and help staff feel a bit better about themselves. 

“I did a three month course in hairdressing while completing my nursing degree in Jordan, to support myself while studying,” he explained. “I would also cut hair after work when I first qualified.

“I noticed some of our staff coming in with haircuts of all different shapes, so I thought I would use my skills as a thank you to our staff. It’s not so bad if you cut your own hair and you’re staying at home, but our staff are coming to work every day so I thought it might boost their self-image too.

Riad works as a charge nurse for neurosurgery but has already given more than six hair cuts in his free time. One colleague on twitter claimed he already has people queuing outside his door.

Clinical engineering manager, Marino D’Aliessio, said it was “beautiful to feel the breeze again, particularly on a hot day like today!” 

All money raised will go towards a new microwave for staff in theatres. Any extra cash will be sent to a charity helping people in poverty in Palestine. 

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