Geoff’s grand shave is a winner for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 April 2015

A more streamline Geoff Joyce is pictured with family and Exmouth Town Crier Roger Bourgein after his charity head shave for CLIC Sargent at Summer and Lola Hair Boutique on Saturday.  Ref exe 2331-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A more streamline Geoff Joyce is pictured with family and Exmouth Town Crier Roger Bourgein after his charity head shave for CLIC Sargent at Summer and Lola Hair Boutique on Saturday. Ref exe 2331-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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It may have taken 73-year-old Geoff Joyce 10 months to grow his flowing hair and beard, but it all came off in 20 minutes at a cancer charity fundraising event in Exmouth at the weekend.

Geoff’s Grand Shave was part of a coffee morning held at Summer and Lola – The Hair Boutique in Exmouth High Street on Saturday.

The event – organised by Geoff’s daughter and Summer and Lola owner Hannah Joyce – raised more than £220 for CLIC Sargent.

The cancer charity means a great deal to the Joyce family, as Hannah, 35, from Exmouth, explained.

“My nephew, William, was four years old when he got cancer,” she said. “He’s now 14 and a healthy, strapping lad, but was poorly at a young age. CLIC Sargent gave amazing support to my sister, Amy, and her family, and we wanted to do something in return.”

Amy has been in training and will shortly be running the London Marathon to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Meanwhile, Geoff, who lives in Bow, near Crediton, decided last August to grow his hair and beard, and have it cut off for the charity.

More family members got into the act on Saturday.

Geoff’s hair and beard were cut by his son, Louis.

“It was so funny,” said Hannah. “Louis made different shapes out of dad’s hair and beard. Everyone was cheering. Dad wanted grade six, but we were saying ‘No, no, grade one!’ So he got a grade one in the end.”

As well as the grand shave, the coffee morning included a cake stall, teas, coffees, a raffle, mini-hair make-overs and nail painting.

“We took £224 in two hours,” said Hannah. “It wasn’t too bad at all. And my dad looks a lot better. I don’t mind giving him a kiss and a cuddle now because he’s not all hairy!”

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