Clevedon man grows beard for one year in stepfather's memory
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 22 December 2018
A Clevedon man has spent 12 months growing out a beard and a moustache to raise vital funds to fight a disease which killed his stepfather.
Simon Cambridge raised £1,074 for Movember – a charity initiative which raises awareness and money for men’s health issues including prostate cancer and suicide.
Simon raised £300 during Movember last year, which traditionally runs for one month in November, but decided to carry on and raise as much money as he could in a year.
It became a more poignant challenge once his stepfather Ken Bovington died from prostate cancer in February.
Simon said: “Ken, or Kenny to us, was my stepfather, but really he was my father for nearly 40 years.
“He was a wonderful husband to my mum, father to Mark, Scot and me, and grandad to Jake and Ella.
“He was well known for his voluntary work for the Clevedon Pier Sea Angling Club and the Old Coudgers Fishing Club.”
In early November, Simon had raised £850 but was still short of his £1,000 target.
After a work colleague suggested he dyed his beard pink, Simon decided to give it a go with the help of his mum.
He said: “I felt pretty uncomfortable about all this, but it was for a good cause.
“I had some funny looks to say the least in the supermarket to start with and in the pubs, so I decided to wear a plaque over my head.
“I had some funny looks wearing that too but I have to thank locals at the Crab Apple, The Bristol pub and The Old Inn.
“I had donations from my work, Ipeco Composites, which helped and if I had not have dyed my beard, I do not think I would have hit my target, so it was worth feeling a bit uncomfortable.
“Movember is a good charity and it was good fun raising funds for this great cause.
“I do not know what Kenny would have made of it all.
“The funds will go to fight prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me raise this amount of money and myself and my family knew it would be too late to help my father, we knew this a long time ago, but this will help someone else, so it is worth it.”