Six nervous policemen took the stage at Whanganui's Majestic Square on Thursday ready to lose their locks to support teens battling cancer.

The Whanganui blue crew were part of a united Central District initiative that saw 100 police staff go bald in a bid to raise $10,000 for teen cancer society CanTeen.

Their aim was to raise $100 each, but the six Whanganui participants pulled in more than $4500.

Senior Constable Paul Miller said they had been affected by teen cancer in some way and it was marvellous to be able to show some support.

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"About 10 years ago we lost a colleague who had a courageous battle against cancer and she was only in her mid 20s ... eventually she lost that battle."

Mr Miller, along with his five colleagues, went bald for the first time ever on Thursday lunchtime.

"I'll admit I was pretty nervous, was not looking forward to it but the cause makes it worth it."

He sat alongside Detective Paul Burn, Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong, Sergeant Aaron Bunker, Constable Robbie Dickson and Constable Keith Thomson (Tomo) while they took the plunge and came off the stage each with a shiny bald head.

Before the bobbies went bald with Monaghans' barbers, CanTeen rep Emma Webby and community collectors. Photo/Stuart Munro
Before the bobbies went bald with Monaghans' barbers, CanTeen rep Emma Webby and community collectors. Photo/Stuart Munro

Meanwhile, community collector Rosemary Thompson, with bucket in hand, said passersby were curious to see what was going on and shared their own stories.

"I had one mother tell me her son was 20 when he was diagnosed and he's now 34. She said she was so grateful to CanTeen for the amazing support they gave her and her family. It was amazing to see these brave men taking a stand."

Ms Thompson said two German tourists also donated and were fascinated to see what was happening.

"They said nothing like this happens in their country and it was awesome to see."

Emma Webby has been the CanTeen representative for Whanganui for three years.

CanTeen rep Emma Webby gives Robbie Dickson his first trimmings. Photo/Stuart Munro
CanTeen rep Emma Webby gives Robbie Dickson his first trimmings. Photo/Stuart Munro

She had spent a lot of time with teens battling cancer and knew what it meant to them.

"I got goosebumps watching these guys get their heads shaved because it really is an amazing cause."

But Ms Webby said CanTeen had struggled these past few years in Whanganui because it took a lot of work to rally support.

"Projects like this really do make a huge difference - let's hope we can get some more going."

Whanganui's Monaghans Barbershop also showed their support, volunteering to do the shaving.