Hair today, gone tomorrow for charitable John . . .

John Lewis is having his hair and beard shaved off for St Nicholas Hospice Care
John Lewis is having his hair and beard shaved off for St Nicholas Hospice Care
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JOHN Lewis has been growing his hair and beard for years - but on Friday he said goodbye to his locks to raise money for charity.

The 59-year-old from Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds, raised £1,500 for St Nicholas Hospice, in Bury, by having his long hair and bushy beard cut off.

The hair-cut took place at the Beerhouse, in Tayfen Road, and friends and family packed into the pub garden to see the transformation.

John, a set-builder, said: “This is to raise the profile of the hospice and the work that they do. Everyone knows that the hospice needs the money and we know that it will be put to good use. And the compensating factor is it’s going to grow back again so five years from now we will be doing it all again.”

And it is all down to John’s partner, Trish Auchincloss.

“She told me she had never seen my top lip so I said I would have a hair cut and decided to raise some money,” said John.

John decided to raise money for the hospice which cared for his father six years ago. It wasn’t just John who was donating, the Beerhouse also got involved, by giving 20p from each pint of Brewshed Brewery beer sold on the night. John thanked the Beerhouse, David the barber and John the photographer for their help.

Sue Long, hospice community fund-raiser, said: “It was wonderful to see such a good spirit in the pub while John underwent his transformation. The support of everyone there on the night – and all those who sponsored John – means much-needed funds have been raised for the hospice.”