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Beard growing fundraiser shaves off facial hair after more than a year

Beard growing fundraiser shaves off facial hair after more than a year

Philip Dewey

Beard growing fundraiser shaves off facial hair after more than a year

Clippers were taken to the beard of a fundraiser from Maidenhead at a special charity music event in Windsor.


Chris Stallwood, of Havelock Road, had his beard shaved off at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, in St Leonard's Road, on Thursday after having grown it for more than a year.

The 47-year-old has so far raised more than £4,000 for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service by taking part in a series of challenges over the year while growing his facial hair.

The dad of Isabella, 13, and Charlie, nine, played a cover of The Beards' songs with his band at the Great British Beard Off event, which saw other musical acts perform, and his beard was shaved on stage by barbers from Marino Capelli, in Victoria Street.

Chris said: "Part of me is very sad to have seen the beard go but is has been a fantastic year and people have been brilliantly generous.

"I thought the Beard Off was a massive hit and we pretty much filled up the venue so personally I had a wonderful night."

Chris, who has taken part in challenges such as a 2.5km swim at Windsor Leisure Centre, the Devizes-to-Westminster International Canoe Race,and the Eton Dorney Triathlon, said his wife Tina was glad the beard had gone.

The Penguins Events employee said: "She's ecstatic, she loves the fact the beard is gone and she's telling me how young I look.

"Having the beard was such a conversation starter and I would have people in the street coming up to me and asking about it, so I think I will miss the attention the most."

The total amount raised at the Beard Off has not been counted but Chris said he would be 'made up' if he could raise more than £5,000.

Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/beard365 to make a donation.

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