Look, it's 'Uncle Albert'
Shoppers in Kingswood are continuing to support a charity campaigner.
Pete Davis has been given permission by Kings Chase shopping centre to set up a stall to collect money for the MS Trust which supports people, like Pete's wife Shirley, who have multiple sclerosis.
He has had three stints there, including the most recent on August 21 when he collected £58.97.
Pete is planning to grow his hair and beard until November 27 when he will let Sam's Salon in Falcon Court, Kingswood dye his hair orange, white and blue – the colours of his beloved Oldham Athletic.
Pete said: “Once again, a big thank you to all those who donated. The fund has now reached £1,247.03, but in addition, I spoke to two lovely ladies whose daughters both have multiple sclerosis. Neither of them had any knowledge of the MS Trust, so I was able to give them plenty of information and useful leaflets.”
Pete has just confirmed another date at Kings Chase – December 11 – when the centre will be buzzing with Christmas shoppers.
“I'll need to get well wrapped up for that one, but at least I'll have grown my own scarf by then,” he joked.
“Although I've always had a beard, its length has outgrown all previous achievements. It actually feels ok and isn't causing me any trouble at all, although my wife, Shirley, is counting the days to when she gets the original "me" back again.”
Pete has promised to see in the New Year with his long dyed hair but has pencilled in a haircut for the first week of January.
It seems Pete's hair growth has already led to a new nickname.
“Some of my friends have started calling me Uncle Albert and I have to resist starting conversations with "durin' the wowar,” he said.
You can donate to Pete's campaign by visiting his online fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/nobeardorhaircut