Braving the shave for charity

At the beginning of the Covid Pandemic way back in March 2020 hairdressers and barbers, amongst many other works and facilities, were closed down.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:02 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:02 am
Barrie has let his hair and beard grow during lockdown and will soon brave the shave for charity.

Movement was restricted and people were told to self-isolate.

This sadly had a devastating effect on businesses, jobs and the economy.

Charitable organisations also saw their fundraising efforts curtailed due to the lockdown.

CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) like other major, voluntary groups found their funding dramatically reduced but not being as well known as the more household named charities ,their fundraising efforts would appear to have been even more seriously affected.

CHAS cares for children and their families who have life-limiting conditions by providing support to “help keep the joy alive”.

Knowing this and being a long-standing supporter of CHAS, Barrie Seddon took it upon himself to find a way through to fundraise for CHAS.

The 75-year-old pensioner decided that, if he could not get his hair cut and beard trimmed, he would use this to his advantage and NOT have a haircut and trim until protection was offered by vaccination.

The only way in his considered opinion to protect ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Once vaccinated he would have the lot, hair and beard, shaved off, with all donations made at gratefully received and going to CHAS.

So, 16 months now after his last visit to the barbers for a haircut and with hair now over 6 inches long and beard almost fully covering his face, having had his second Pfizer vaccination, the scissors and shaver await.

It’s the final countdown to the ‘Beheading of Barrie’.

The intention is to have his head and beard completely shaved off, most likely sometime in the following week or so.

To date, Barrie has raised almost £500 for the charity.

Watch this space for the final outcome.

To donate to CHAS and find out more about the Barrie’s fundraiser, visit