Year-long beard fundraiser ends

Mark Back, one day before the end of his year-long beard challenge.

Mark Back, one day before the end of his year-long beard challenge.

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A dedicated Cranwell man has raised almost £3,000 for cancer care by not shaving for a year, smashing his fundraising target.

Mark Back, 32, had his first shave in 12 months on New Year’s Day, having pledged to retire his razor for the length of 2014 in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mack Back, at the end of his year-long beard challenge. bf0xep2IKNLlXk4M4_LF

Mack Back, at the end of his year-long beard challenge. bf0xep2IKNLlXk4M4_LF

The skip driver had hoped to raise £1,000 with the razor-dodging stunt, but in the end brought in £2,900, a sum he described as ‘absolutely fantastic’.

He said: “I thought it was going to be difficult to raise a thousand pounds, let alone nearly £3,000.”

Mark launched the fundraiser after seeing Marie Curie Cancer Care support a friend during their final days.

Mark’s beard reached about 16cm before it was shaved off.

He said it was ‘fantastic’ to have shed the beard, with it having proven inconvenient in a number of ways.

This included getting things caught in the beard, such as food and drink, to getting the beard itself caught in things, such as coats or even seatbelts.

He said: “Towards the end, the last four months, it really was an absolute nightmare.”

He thanked all those who helped him in his fundraiser, describing the support as ‘fantastic from start of finish’.

Donate to Mark’s cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/mark-back.