Voting is now closed but donations are still open.

Results have been counted and independently verified by some bloke we met in the lobby of the Hilton Metropole.

For the beard: 154

Against the beard: 83

Pictures to follow in the coming weeks/months.


Famous beard toter PZ Myers of Pharyngula fame has also offered to join Big Dave and put his beard on the line if the no beard brigade wins!.

Dave and Simon have long disagreed on the merits of Dave's ginger face fuzz. They have decided to settle this the only way they know how, by fund raising.

The rules are simple - please donate a minimum of £2 to our chosen charity and put in the comments either 'beard' or 'no beard'. Each person gets one vote only although you can donate more if you wish. On the 5th July (the day of the Institute of Fundraising Awards), we'll tally the votes and if the "beards" win then Simon will grow a beard for three months and if the "no beards" have it then Dave will shave his beloved crumb catcher. If the votes are tied then we'll do it on the amount of cash donated. If it's still a tie then Si grows and Dave shaves.

Respective beards or clean shaven faces will then be photographed for posterity and kept for at least three months.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 216250, Scotland SC037605

As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works with over 200,000 children, young people and their families each year. We run over 900 local projects including counselling for children who have been abused, adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.

Donations 244


Donation by Phil Dockerill on 05/07/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Seriously conflicted — take this as five votes for, five against...

Donation by Alan Wilson on 03/07/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Beard! It's the only answer. I'm almost prepared to bet you will love having it so much that you wont go back

Donation by Ginger Chris on 02/07/10


Donation by Chris on 02/07/10

YES BEARD! "There are two kinds of people in this world that go around beardless—boys and women—and I am neither one."

Donation by George Madison on 01/07/10

No beard... Definitely no beard!

Donation by Kim Missen on 01/07/10


+ £0.58 Gift Aid

Tough question! Stalin, Moses, Marx, Jesus, Hitler, Joaquin Phoenix, Chuck Norris... Sorry Dave, Got to go personal taste and say #shavesexy

Donation by Alex JustGiving on 30/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Donation by Donald McLeod on 30/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

I vote FOR THE BEARD!! Mainly because my dad looks really silly without one =D

Donation by Ekko on 29/06/10

You had me at BEARD. BEARD, a thousand times BEARD! Luke, I am your BEARD! Play it again, BEARD. I'm going to make him a BEARD he can't refuse.

Donation by Daniel Wood on 29/06/10


We vote BEARD. Sculpted into the shape of a birds nest if possible.

Donation by Remington on 29/06/10

Well Done! another inspirational money raiser for a great cause. No contest it has to be the BEARD!

Donation by Tony Brown on 29/06/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

I vote BEARD for the pure entertainment value Simon. Did anyone say ponytail yet?

Donation by Phillip Cobley on 29/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Not only do I think BEARD but I think you should also have SANDLES!

Donation by Stephen Butler on 29/06/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

None shall challenge the glory of the beard BEARD!

Donation by Joshua Warner on 29/06/10

No beard! Shave it off PZ

Donation by Lucy Mayne on 29/06/10


Sorry Simon - I'm gonna have to say BEARD! How long do you have to keep it? I say at least a month! ;o) xx

Donation by Rebecca Phillis on 28/06/10

If Dave wants to remain shaggy but unshaggable for the rest of his life that's his problem. I vote BEARD!

Donation by Adam George-Wood on 28/06/10


+ £0.85 Gift Aid

Donation by Anthony Cattermole on 28/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Keep the beard. You'd be weird without it.

Donation by Richard Hudson on 28/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

No beard.

Donation by Nick Franco on 28/06/10


Donation by Joerg Mosthaf on 28/06/10


With Isaac Asimov and PZ Myers in the hirsute camp who am I to disagree.

Donation by Kurtis Rader on 28/06/10


Beard. Sorry Si!

Donation by Ruth Dyson on 27/06/10


+ £0.56 Gift Aid

Donation by Micheal Planck on 27/06/10


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,603.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,603.00
  • Gift Aid£130.04

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