'Hang a bauble on my blue & white beard'

February 26 2020

YOU may have seen in previous editions of the Kingswood Voice that a resident has been raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust in tribute to his wife.

Now, after many kind Kingswood residents have donated and supported Pete Davis in his quest to grow his hair and beard as long as possible and dying it, his beard and hair are now the colour of his beloved football team, Oldham Athletic. Pete’s hair is orange, while his beard is looking rather blue and white. 

Pete has been growing his hair since Christmas last year, and 12 months on, the fundraising is continuing to prove successful thanks to Kingswood locals. In November, there was a ‘Hair Do’ party where £248.20 was raised, with a raffle and “various people hanging baubles on my newly coloured blue and white beard!” said Pete. 

Local businesses have also been getting involved, with a further £27.21 being raised from a collection tin in Sam’s Salon, and a further £50 raised in a ‘Name the Snowman’ competition at Falcon Court. There was also a £20 cash donation on the day and a total of £23.70 raised from a family collection. 

Kingswood’s Kings Chase shopping centre also provided the perfect backdrop, with a further £69.97 raised, thanks to shoppers. After all of this excitement, the day came where Pete made his trip to his beloved ground of Boundary Park, home to League Two’s Oldham Athletic. 

Unfortunately, Oldham lost 2-0 to Swindon Town, but Pete met his friend Roy Butterworth, who works for the club. “He had arranged for the club photographer, Eddie Garvey, to take photos of my, now, very colourful facial hair. Roy donated £20 himself and the photos, with an article, are planned to appear on the OAFC website at some stage soon.”

The fund now stands at an “astonishing” £2316.83. Pete was planning for a trim at the end of December. 

If you would like to donate to Pete's fundraising campaign please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nobeardorhaircut

Pete Davis and his colour beard and hair in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, with Oldham Athletic’s Roy Butterworth