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Weʼre raising £1,000 to "The Big Shave Off" For William Harvey Cardiac Catheter Suite.

Folkestone, UK

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After 45 years I have decided it is time for me and my old friend to part ways. My old friend being my facial hair. I have not been clean shaven since May 1971. I joined the Royal Navy on the 5th May 1970, which the rules were to be clean shaven whilst on duty, If you wanted to grow a beard then the protocol would be to request permission to grow one and in that time was only given 4 weeks to grow a suitable styled beard. On this page you will find a picture of me from when I was last clean shaven.

My family and most of my friends have never seen me without a beard, so although this will be a fun thing to do it will also be quite shocking for them!

My cause for donating will be going to the William Harvey Cardiac Catheter Suite, Which i do hold very close to my heart, pun intended as over the course of 20 years i have undergone 25 Heart operations, I cannot thank the doctors, nurses, and surgeons enough as many times they have saved my life. The care I was provided with was always 100% and there was never too much for them to do for me.. I became a bit of a regular with the care team and they all know me very well.

The plan for my "Big Shave Off" is to go completely clean shaven, so to have a smooth face, And then maybe after 45 years my wife will finally give me a snog! Haha.

"The Big Shave Off" will take place in the comfort of my own home on the 19th August 2018, I have always promised my Grandson that he would have the pleasure of shaving it all off. We will be doing a Live video of the event so you will all be able to watch and enjoy.

Please could we help raise as much money for this incredible team of health professionals at the William Harvey for all the hard work they do. Any donations will be most welcome and I thankyou all from the bottom of my heart, stents included! :-)

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  • Francis Griffin3 months ago
    Francis Griffin

    Francis Griffin

    3 months ago

    This is a photo of me when i was last clean shaven in 1970.

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  • Anonymous


    Aug 19, 2018

    The Big Shave Off! They deserve every penny and more for helping to keep you with us all these years :-)


  • janay matthews

    janay matthews

    Aug 18, 2018

    Hey pops! Good luck this weekend, can't wait to film you on your live video.i will miss plating your beard. Love you lots!! Sorry it's not much but moving house so funds are low xx


  • Edna Farley

    Edna Farley

    Aug 16, 2018

    You will be more handsome then ever John...well done xx


  • John&lynsey


    Aug 16, 2018

    This could be interesting.All the best with your fund raising


  • Doreen


    Aug 14, 2018

    What a great thing you are doing.Hope everyone can donate even if it's only a small amount.


  • Rosemary Byrne

    Rosemary Byrne

    Aug 13, 2018

    Can't wait for the video. Bet you look years younger. xx


  • Angie Goddard

    Angie Goddard

    Aug 11, 2018

    Hi John, hope this helps bout time you had a clean shave what about your head next lol. Cheers Russ x


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