For months Chris Walsh’s epic beard has been a talking point among friends and family.
But now after nine months of sporting the look the 32-year-old from Chorley has had shaved it off – all in the name of charity.
Chris started growing a beard in November last year and admits at first he just wanted to see how long he could get it.
But as the months went on people started suggesting he should shave it off for charity.
So at the weekend, joined by his family, he had the hair lobbed off.
Chris decided to raise money for charities close to the heart of cancer fighter Emma Grandison from Longton.
He said: “I just wanted to see how long it could grow. People started saying I should have it shaved off for charity and Emma is a good friend of mine.
“I’ve had endless comments good and bad about ‘The Beard’. Many asking when is it being shaved off!
“I have been overwhelmed by how much people have got on board.”
Chris, who is married with two children, had his beard shaved off by sister-in-law Lisa Franks and so far he has raised more than £800.
Emma, 31, was just 16 weeks pregnant with her first child when she found out the devastating news that she had bowel cancer and secondary cancer on her liver
Since finding out, Emma married Ian and their daughter Erin was born, 15 weeks early on November 5.
Emma’s inspirational fight continues and baby Erin is going from strength to strength.
The funds Chris has raised will be split between the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the neo natal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital – both have offered tremendous care and support to the Grandisons.
Emma said: “Chris’s beard has been a source of good banter and entertainment over the last few months.
“It’s been a marmite thing. You either love it or hate it. When he thought about shaving it off and suggested doing it for our chosen charities I never would have thought it would raise as much money as he has.
“I’m so proud of my friend. The much-needed funds he raised for Rosemere who look after me and the neo natal unit, without which we wouldn’t have Erin, is amazing.
“I’m so lucky to have friends like Chris in my life. I can’t tell you the boost it gives me to continue the fight when people are fundraising for the departments who look after my daughter and I.
“It’s certainly a golden nugget in my day and Chris is most definitely one of my many nuggets.”
To sponsor Chris visit: https://www.justgiving.com/ChrisWalshBeard/
On November 1 a Winter Wonderland Ball will be held at The Pines in Chorley in aid of the charities, organised by friends of Emma. Tickets are £33 including a three course meal and a Michael Buble tribute act. Email firstname.lastname@example.org