A BUSINESSMAN in South Tyneside has came up with a hair-raising idea to raise cash in memory of his wife.
For the next week Matthew Wann will be sporting an unusual look – just half a beard.
The 58-year-old decided to embrace a new image in honour of his wife Dianne, who died aged 61 in November, after suffering from motor neurone disease (MND) – a condition which progressively damages parts of the nervous system.
Mr Wann, who was married for 21 years, will raise £1,300 in sponsorship for the MND Association if he manages to last the next seven days.
The father-of-three, from Tynedale Road, South Shields, said: “My wife passed away in November after battling the disease, but the charity receives no Government funding.
“I just wanted to do something to support research into MND, so one day there will hopefully be a cure.
“It was over the Christmas period that I thought I’d grow a beard and then shave half of it off.
“It’s a little bit different.”
Mr Wann, who is a mortgage broker for Harton Mortgage Services, at Harton Nook in South Shields, will even have to sport his unusual facial design at work.
However, the grandfather-of-eight is confident he’ll receive plenty of support from his colleagues and customers.
“I do have appointments with people in the next week, so I will have to be meeting customers.
“A few had already asked when they saw me growing the beard, and when they found out what I was up to they chipped in, which was very nice of them.
“So I think I’ll be getting a few funny looks, but it will all be worth it when I collect in the sponsorship money.”