Ian’s 22 weeks of lockdown beard growth shave off!

Sep 1, 2020

A local Financial Adviser, Ian Futcher has had his lockdown beard shaved off, as part of a fundraising challenge to raise money for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care charity.

Ian commented, “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. And 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.”

Now Ian has put 22 weeks of growth to good use and has had his beard shaved off, by Bournemouth based Master barber, Kyran Woolrych, with all money raised going to local charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.

Ian said, “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, amongst 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 on 18th August.

About Lewis- Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset. Their free hospice care services include:

– Day hospice

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinic

– Better breathing clinic

They promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind, helping people live well through their illness. Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is also developing new services all the time and this includes education, and support groups for families and carers.

From its new base, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will be able to help even more people in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase people’s physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.

Charity Registration No. 1120193