Off with the beard ... in with the cash

A close shave for town centre manager Alastair Mitchell helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.

After 36 years of sporting a beard, he ‘volunteered’ to have it removed ... although he could be forgiven for a moment’s hesitation when he saw the cut throat razor involved.

lastair Mitchell gets his beard shaved with a little help from Sarah MacKenzie

lastair Mitchell gets his beard shaved with a little help from Sarah MacKenzie

However, with dozens of people crowded into Behind the Wall to see him transformed to clean shaven – including wife Christine who had never seen him ‘whiskerless’ – there was no backing out.

His beard shave was part of a fundraising evening in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Organised by his colleague Sarah McKenzie, it came almost three years to the day since the death of her brother, Scott Davidson, aged only 22.

He was originally diagnosed with cancer when he was 19 and was treated in the ward at the Beatson Oncology Centre, Glasgow funded by the charity.

The six-bed unit is designed specifically for teenagers and young adults, and includes TVs, games consoles and a chillout zone.

Sarah (33) said: “Scott had asked us to try to make a difference shortly before he died. Until last November I didn’t feel strong enough to start organising anything but now I would like to try to do something annually to support the trust.

“It relies on donations and so far we’ve collected £2400.”

Alastair (56) had been bearded since his 20s, but, after his shave by David Robertson of 1st Klass Barbers, admitted to liking his new look.

Sarah, of Falkirk, added: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously and came along on the night. Particular thanks go to Alastair, Behind the Wall and bands Absent Tam and Lieutenant Stardust for the entertainment.”

To find out more about the charity, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.