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Grand charity gesture from Lewes man is hair raising experience

Going, going, gone: Chris Hawes submits to the attentions of Chloe Cooper at The Barber Shop in Lewes

Going, going, gone: Chris Hawes submits to the attentions of Chloe Cooper at The Barber Shop in Lewes

Lewes man Chris Hawes has raised more than £1,000 for charity ... by having his luxuriant beard shaved off.

He said goodbye to the impressive regal whiskers he had spent a year growing and grooming to show his support for Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association.

The hair-raising experience took place at The Barber Shop in the Riverside Centre, Lewes, where Chloe Cooper did the honours with clippers and a cut throat razor.

“It took about half-an-hour,” she said. “He was very relaxed – he nearly fell asleep!”

Chris, 49, of St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, said: “I have sported quite a magnificent beard and moustache for the last year or so.

“But I finally gave in to pressure and comments about peak beards being reached. Also remarks about Captain Bird’s Eye.

“So I decided to remove it completely. There was a clause to its removal though. I wanted a good cause to benefit.”

Though his wife Claire was glad to see the back of the beard, Chris’s six-year-old daughter Elysia was disappointed to see it go, as she thought it rather “snuggly”.

In order to collect donations from friends, family, work colleagues and connections Chris, a London-based banker “with a heart”, set up a Just Giving page.

It can be visited at www.justgiving.com/Chris-Hawes1

 

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