Sheffield friends’ close shave for charity

Terry Chambers, Paul Burton, John Crutchley and Martyn Askew sacrifice their beards for charity
Terry Chambers, Paul Burton, John Crutchley and Martyn Askew sacrifice their beards for charity
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Four Sheffield friends have survived a month of not shaving or drinking alcohol – all in the name of charity.

Martyn Askew, John Crutchley, Paul Burton and Terry Chambers came up with the idea in support of John’s wife, Ginny, who had signed up for a charity cycle challenge.

Terry Chambers, Paul Burton, John Crutchley and Martyn Askew sacrifice their beards for charity

Terry Chambers, Paul Burton, John Crutchley and Martyn Askew sacrifice their beards for charity

Ginny, aged 59, from Tapton is to cycle from London to Paris in April, in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, in North Anston, Rotherham.

And to start off her fundraisin, the friends decided to not have a shave for the whole of November.

To make their challenge a little harder the four – along with Ginny and Paul’s wife, Denise – also decided not to touch a drop of alcohol.

Funeral director Martyn, aged 56, from Woodseats, said: “We have been friends for many years. We went on a cycling holiday to the Netherlands in September and decided on this madcap scheme that we wouldn’t shave or have a drink in November.

“Ginny signed up for the ride for her 60th birthday. She wanted a challenge and we wanted to kickstart her fundraising. Some of us had to pay a forfeit because we had a drink, but it’s for a great cause.”

The men had their beards shaved and trimmed at Savills Barbers, Sheffield city centre.