A FUNDRAISER took on a hair-raising challenge to pull in cash donations for a South Tyneside charity.
Ray Robinson avoided the razor for a whole month to raise £1,000 for St Clare ’s Hospice.
The 53-year-old, from West Park, South Shields, took part in Movember, a fundraising initiative that sees men go without shaving throughout November to grow wacky beards and moustaches.
The plumber also took part in the challenge last year to raise £824 for the hospice, in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, that provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.
Ray chose to support the hospice again this year as they cared for his brother, Brian, meaning he saw first-hand what the charity does for people.
He said: “I’m delighted to have raised this money to support patient care at St Clare’s. I didn’t expect to raise as much this year, but many of the same people have once again supported my fundraising efforts.
“The Chichester Arms pub, in South Shields, has also been very helpful and held a Christmas raffle which has helped to boost my fundraising.”
Sonia Graham, senior fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are so grateful to Ray and everyone who has supported him. Like many of our supporters, Ray has seen the valuable service that our Hospice provides to families living in the South of Tyne area. His passion to support St Clare’s is inspiring.
“The £1,000 raised by Ray will be used to continue providing specialist palliative care to patients with life- limiting illnesses locally. Each and every penny goes toward supporting the Hospice and its patients.”