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The Great Beard Debate

Fundraising for Barnardo's

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We support vulnerable children in the UK to transform their lives

Charity Registration No. 216250, Scotland SC037605



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.


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