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Devine fundraiser's fond farewell to beard

Devine fundraiser's fond farewell to beard

Philip Dewey

Devine fundraiser's fond farewell to beard
Chris Stallwood will say goodbye to his beard next week.
A bearded fundraiser from Maidenhead will be shaving off his facial hair at a special charity event after letting it grow for more than a year.

Chris Stallwood, of Havelock Road, has raised £3,600 for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service after committing to start growing his beard on New Year's Eve 2013.

The 47-year-old will shave his beard off at The Great British Beard Off event at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, in St Leonard's Road, Windsor, on Thursday, January 22.

The dad of Isabella, 13, and Charlie, nine, said: "I have got quite used to it.

"It’s bushy which meant I ended up with a lot of food in my beard, which put my wife Tina off particularly.

"I'll miss being in the beard club. It's been quite a year for beards and to have a big beard you get quite a lot of kudos from the other hipsters out there."

As well as growing the beard, Chris, who works at Windsor-based agency Penguins Events, has taken part in a year's worth of challenges including a 2.5km swim at Windsor Leisure Centre, the Devizes-to-Westminster International Canoe Race, the Eton Dorney Triathlon and the Jubilee River Swim.

His toughest challenge was the Race to the Stones in July which saw him and 11 colleagues undertake a 100km ultra-marathon which took 24 hours to complete.

"That was one of the hardest things I have done but it was an amazing thing to do and we had to dig deep to complete it so there was a real euphoria at the end of it," he said.

Chris, who has been charting his progress on his @beard_365 Twitter feed, also hopes to increase the £3,600 raised so far.

"I want to get up to £5,000 if I can so I will carry on fundraising, the more money we can make the better," he said.

His last challenge will see him singing covers of songs bythe Australian folk rock band The Beards at the beard shave.

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

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