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Hyde man shaves off 50-year-old beard for Parkinson’s charity
Thursday 29th September 2016 @ 10:35 by Adam Higgins
Community Hyde News

A Hyde man has had his beard shaved off 50 years to the day since he first started to grow it.

After being diagnosed with Parkinsons disease last year, 74-year-old Roger Hogg wanted to give something back to the Parkinson’s UK charity.

He decided doing away with his facial feature would be the perfect way to do so.

His son Simon explained: “In September 1966, my Dad first grew his beard so he knew that he had his 50th anniversary coming up.

“About 18 months ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“Parkinson’s UK run the support group at Denton Methodist Church where he comes to get his support and he enjoys coming.

“They have a monthly meeting and they’ve really helped him come to terms with his diagnosis, so he wanted to do something to give something back to Parkinson’s UK and decided that he was going to shave his beard off.”

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, was on hand to lend his support and while Roger, a retired electrician, was undergoing his mini-makeover, his wife Elizabeth shared the tale of just why he started to grow his beard in the first place.

“Going back 50 years, they used to have September holidays,” she said.

“We went away to Blackpool for a few days and he forgot to take his razor.

“He said he’d shave when he got home, but when we came back he decided he rather liked it and he’s had it ever since!”

When Roger’s transformation was complete, his family were surprised at the result.

Elizabeth said: “I’m surprised that he looks so different to be honest. I couldn’t remember what he looked like before the beard so I feel like I’ve got a new husband!”

Simon added: “I’ve only known my Dad with a beard so it’s interesting to see him as he is now.”

Roger set out to raise £500 but has donations totalling over £600.

If you’d like to make a donation to the charity in support of Roger, you can still do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/rogersbeard.

 

By Tom Greggan