Ultimate hairy challenge raises over £2,000

Martin, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, grew his beard for a year. He then shaved it off to raise an incredible £2,020 for CLIC Sargent in memory of his daughter, Lea.

Ultimate hairy challenge raises over £2,000

Martin’s daughter Lea was 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. She sadly died less than three months later at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.

On the anniversary of her death in 2015, Martin shaved off his moustache and goatee beard and pledged not to shave again until exactly one year later.

The results of his ‘ultimate hairy challenge’ were removed on the third anniversary of Lea’s death by In Design barbers, of Queen Street, where Martin presented CLIC Sargent with a cheque for £1,505. He later added a further £505 to his total.


Martin said: “It was a devastating and emotional time for me and my family.

“CLIC Sargent was there for us throughout, supporting us all the way and still is today.

“I thought, ‘now I have done my grieving it’s time to do a bit for them and help other families and children that are maybe going through the same'.”

Freshly shaven, he said: “It feels a bit odd now it’s gone. I was getting used to it - now it’s a bit chilly!”

Martin added: “She was a lovely girl, always smiling and very giggly, but she was never wrong as young girls aren’t! She opened a lot of peoples’ eyes. The doctor at the QMC had to talk to her as an adult.”

So grateful

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Blaine Cooper-Jones said: “We are so grateful to Martin for raising such a fantastic amount to help other families that have a child, or have lost a child with cancer.

"Growing his beard for an entire year was such a fantastic way to raise funds and to remember his daughter, Lea.

"The amount he raised could pay for two families from the East Midlands to stay at Billy’s House for a month.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event to help CLIC Sargent fight for young lives against cancer, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Blaine Cooper-Jones on 01509 673 508 or email: blaine.cooper-jones@clicsargent.org.uk.