Motorbike fans from Nailsea have braved the shave for Children’s Hospice South West – raising £1,100 for the charity.
The five now-not-so hairy bikers chose to take part in Saturday’s lockdown fundraiser for CHSW, which has had to cancel many of its fundraising events this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Nailsea Bikers chairman John Colley was joined by David Elliott, Dave Moorcroft, Phillip Weston and 11-year-old Nailsea School student Peter Colley and all the action was streamed live on the Nailsea Bikers Facebook page.
John, 55, said: “While we are isolated at home and unable to get out on our bikes, we have had plenty of time to think about how lucky we are having healthy families.
“Our chosen charity CHSW supports those who are not so fortunate and is funded almost entirely through fundraising. The Covid-19 crisis has forced them to cancel many of their usual events so we decided to lose our luxuriant locks to help ensure that the charity is able to carry on doing their amazing work in support of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
“We said if we reached our £1,000 goal we would shave our beards off too, so when we passed our target on Saturday afternoon they had to come off too!”
To help combat event fundraising lost due to the coronavirus lockdown, CHSW is asking people to ‘Be Incredible’ and do ‘whatever they can, however they can’ to help local children and local families who rely on the charity.
CHSW area fundraiser Frances Kenneally said: “There has been a fantastic response from people in Nailsea, who are really rising to the challenge to Be Incredible with Children’s Hospice South West.
“As well as the brilliant efforts by the Nailsea Bikers, 100 people ran 100 marathons in 10 days for the Ring O’ Bells pub’s Ringers Relay, raising nearly £7,000. And Nailsea friends Jean Cridland and Pam Taylor are both hula-hooping for 26 minutes every day to raise vital funds for the charity.”
Join the Be Incredible with Children’s Hospice South West Facebook group and find fundraising tips on the Be Incredible section of this website.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Nailsea Bikers, visit their Just Giving page.