Granddad to lose crazy beard after year-long charity challenge

Mitch Wilson and the beard he has been growing for a year to raise money for two children's hospices.

Mitch Wilson and the beard he has been growing for a year to raise money for two children's hospices.

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A GRANDDAD is getting to bid farewell to his wiry beard after a year-long charity challenge.

Hartlepool man Mitch Wilson will take the razor to his fuzzy face in the New Year and shave off the beard for Grace House Appeal, in Sunderland, and also for a yet-to-be-decided children’s hospice in Australia.

Mitch Wilson before he grew the beard.

Mitch Wilson before he grew the beard.

The 62-year-old came up with the idea on a trip Down Under where he saw an Aussie taking part in a similar fundraising task.

So the dad-of-two, from Alnwick Close, Hart station, Hartlepool, thought that he would do the same but split the money he makes between a children’s charity in Australia and Grace House, which will provide respite care for north east youngsters.

He told the Mail: “About seven or eight months ago I was in Australia and a guy did something similar.

“I decided to do and thought I’d split the money between England and Australia. I’m going to shave it off in January this year. It always makes me feel very sad when I see things on the telly about children with cancer, so they decided to help.”

He added: “It’s a really big beard and I look like Uncle Albert off Only Fools And Horses, or Father Christmas.

“I’m looking forward to getting it off now. it doesn’t bother me too much, just when the food gets stuck. I’ve had it for about a year now so it will feel very different come January when I get it shaved off.”

Anyone who would like to donate to Mitch’s fundraiser, which has already raked in £185, should log onto https://www.justgiving.com/mitchsan51