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Hairy dad continues endurance challenges for Devine charity

Hairy dad continues endurance challenges for Devine charity

Philip Dewey

Hairy dad continues endurance challenges for Devine charity
Chris Stallwood has been growing his beard since January to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.
A hairy dad is nearly halfway through a year of completing charity challenges - and growing his beard - to support the mission to build Berkshire's first children's hospice.

Chris Stallwood, 46, stopped shaving in January and has taken part in endurance events each month from February to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service (ADCHS).

John and Fiona Devine, from Dedworth, launched the charity in memory of their son, Alexander, and are aiming to raise £5m in order to open a children's hospice in Maidenhead.

Chris, who works for Penguins event agency in Vansittart Road, Windsor, said: "I haven't trimmed or shaved my beard or moustache for what must be 170 days so it's quite bushy and long.

"It's becoming quite a handful and I can see it in my peripheral vision so it's a little bit annoying."

The warehouse facilities manager, from Maidenhead, has already taken part in a 2,500-metre swim at Windsor Leisure Centre, the Surrey Hills Cyclone, the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, the Eton Dorney Triathlon and, most recently, the Jubilee River Swim on Sunday, June 8.

He is now preparing to take part in the 100km Race to the Stones 'ultramarathon' from Oxfordshire to Wiltshire along with his colleagues on July 19 and 20.

He said: "We're not going to run it so we should be able to finish it if everything goes to plan."

Chris, who is father to Isabella, 12, and Charlie, eight, is aiming to raise £10,000 by the end of the year and has already raised more than £1,300.

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/beard365 to donate and follow @beard_365 on Twitter to keep up with Chris's 'beard diary'.

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