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Published: September 1, 2020 | Updated: September 1, 2020

Close shave for Ian as lockdown beard raises brilliant £734 for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Ian Futcher: “My beard has grown to the point where people say I look like Tom Hanks in Castaway.”
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Talk about a hair-raising way of getting funds for a favourite charity.

But it was a case of ‘hair today, gone tomorrow’ when financial adviser Ian Futcher from Poole had his lockdown beard of 22 weeks shaved off.

And the proceeds from the fundraising challenge – all £734 – went to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

Ian, a self-employed adviser at Quilter Financial Advisers, said: “As barber shops were opening up, I had booked to get my hair trimmed and beard chopped off, when it was suggested that I grow it longer and raise some money for a great cause.

“Over the weeks, it’s grown to the point where people who’ve seen pictures say I look like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

“It has been extremely difficult in the recent heatwave but knowing that I would be making a difference to someone else’s life kept me going.”

Ian, who had his beard shaved off by Bournemouth-based master barber, Kyran Woolrych, added: “My target was £500.

“However, through the generosity of colleagues, family and friends and the support of members of the Purbeck Business and Community Group, among others, I was able to exceed my target and raise £734.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity that everyone has showed.

“It’s such a good feeling knowing I’m helping local people living with life-limiting illnesses to continue receiving the care and support they need.”

The Pines Hotel, Swanage kindly hosted the lockdown beard shave off.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care helps people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset.

Its free hospice care services include:

  • Day hospice
  • Creative arts & wellbeing support
  • Lymphoedema clinic
  • Better breathing clinic