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A whole beard’s too much stubble!

A SOLIHULL Round Table member proved his doubters wrong in a recent facial hair-growing scheme which raised over £7,000.

A SOLIHULL Round Table member proved his doubters wrong in a recent facial hair-growing scheme which raised over £7,000.

Brad Parkes was determined to beat his critics who said that he couldn’t grow half a beard – let alone a full one.

The local optician decided on the night of judging to cleanly shave off one side of his face, leaving the other half completely unshaven.

“I always knew I would struggle to compete for the greatest growth,” he said.

“I’ve never been what you would call a hairy person, so to attract the judges attention I had to do something wacky. Someone said that I’d be lucky to grow half a beard so I wanted to prove them wrong!”

The month-long facial hair growth competition, called ‘Tache for Cash, had enlisted Round Table members from across the region and challenged them to grow moustaches, beards, side-burns or anything to spark interest.

The event was supported by Worcester Warriors and Welsh International rugby star, Chris Horsman, who was diagnosed at the age of 19 with testicular cancer. Chris beat the cancer and went on to achieve a career in

top-flight rugby.

Brad hoped to increase awareness of men’s cancer and

raise funds for the charity Orchid.

But whilst his antics attracted a lot of attention, he was unsuccessful in winning

the crown.

“I’m not that bothered really about the competition. It’s more about raising the awareness of testicular, prostate and penile cancers.

“Checking regularly for lumps and bumps could save a life.

“If we can through this

campaign get all men to check themselves then it will have been a success.”

 

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