23rd Sep, 2018

68-year-old man will 'brave the shave' to raise money for charity

Ross Crawford 12th Sep, 2018 Updated: 12th Sep, 2018

BIG-hearted Redditch man Paul Prescott is ‘braving the shave’ – and a full body wax – to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The plucky pensioner was diagnosed with the condition more than three years ago, and despite undergoing surgery to remove his prostate is now awaiting a further operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The 68-year-old is a man who likes to keep his hair short, going no longer than three weeks before visiting the barber, but he’s now gone eight weeks without the sound of clippers in his ears.

However this Saturday, September 15, he’ll be losing his mop at St Benedict’s Club in Rowan Road, Batchley in front of what he hopes will be a huge audience.

“It’s all coming off, and I must have been pie eyed to agree to the body wax, but there you go,” said the 68 year old, who not long ago suffered the loss of his partner Thelma.

Wielding the scissors will be Redditch’s award-winning hairdresser Steve Hurley of Toni & Guy in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

DJ Richard Smith will also be spinning the wheels of steel plus there will be a giant raffle with donations from local firms.

“I was going to ask my normal hairdresser to do it but then Steve agreed to come down and cut it all off in public. It should be a good night,” added Paul.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.

More than 47,000 men are diagnosed with it every year – that’s 129 men every day while every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – more than 11,000 every year.

Paul’s fundraising is going well with more than £800 pledged already.

Steve will start snipping at 8pm and everyone is invited to go down to St Benedict’s Club to support the event.

Anyone wishing to donate to the charity can do so on the night or go online to prostatecanceruk.org/ and donate there, giving Paul’s name as a contact.

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