Grandad gets a new look – to help community farm
GRANDFATHER of four Barry Lewis has had his hair and beard shaved off for a charity he helps run – and his grandson Kyle joined in the fun.
Mr Lewis, 67, of Withywood helps run the Out and About group at Hartcliffe Community Farm, which organises activities and days out for people suffering with mental health problems.
The group, which attracts around a dozen people each week, enjoy activities such as gardening as well as day trips.
Mr Lewis, a voluntary worker for more than 20 years, had his charity cut at Hartcliffe hairdressing salon Gossip.
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Mr Lewis, a keen skittles player, said: "I run five Out and About groups at the farm and we enjoy all sorts of activities.
"As well as getting together for a chat and a coffee and playing games we also organise days out and I am hoping to use some of the money to buy plants and seeds for the raised gardening beds at the farm.
"With funding harder to get than ever, especially for mental health projects, I wanted to do something to raise funds so decided to have my hair and beard shaved off.
"So far I have raised around £200 but hope to raise a lot more and the skittle teams I play in have been very generous and the hairdressers also said they would collect for me
"My beard was itchy and annoying me, so I'm quite glad to be able to get rid of it."
Mr Lewis said that as well as raising funds he hoped the charity headshave would raise awareness of the group. Anyone who wants to find out more about the group, which is open to people aged 18 to 80, can call Mr Lewis on 0117 3308576.