A STAFFORD fundraiser has spent a year on a hair-brained scheme to help out a children’s charity.
Clean-shaven Andrew Hawkins grew his hair from a skinhead to a full Afro and beard to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.
During the hair-raising 12-month Year of Beard challenge Mr Hawkins took regular photographs of his progress and has now compiled a calendar which he is selling to raise funds.
The 30-year-old, is also donating his hair to the charity to be used for a wig.
Mr Hawkins, of Hazel Grove, is hoping to raise £350, which will pay for one child’s wig.
He is no stranger to personal challenge having climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest in 2011, Kilimanjaro in 2010 and completed the Three Peaks Challenge in July last year.
He also carried the Olympic torch through Stafford last year but the last 12 months have proved to be a close shave.
“I’ve been pointed at by children, laughed at by passport officials, stared at by everyone and chastised by some,” he said.
“People often come up to me and converse with me about it - some even ask me if they can take photographs of me and the beard.
“If everyone woke up tomorrow with no hair at all many would be in a complete state of panic.
"For some this is a reality. By growing my hair I hope I can stand out and raise the profile of the Little Princess Trust and the great work they do.”
Calendars are £6.50 - for more information on the Year of Beard can be found at www.yearofbeard.co.uk.
A page for the Year of Beard can be liked on Facebook and followed on Twitter at @YearofBeardman.
All profits from the calendars sold will go to the Little Princess Trust.