Selby sheds his hair and beard for charity

A kind-hearted Freemason has had two hair-raising experiences over the past few months and provided much-needed funds for a men’s cancer charity.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 08:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 15:20 pm

Retired hotelier Selby Brown, 76, from North Sunderland has spent the last two years growing his hair and beard simply to have it all shaved off for charity.

The great shave-off happened at the Masonic Hall in Seahouses where the Brethren of Farne Lodge watched as almost 12 inches of beard was reduced to stubble. A similar fate befell his long hair too.

But the shave-off very nearly never happened as only months before, Selby broke his back while fishing in the countryside. He spent three weeks in hospital and is still receiving treatment for the painful condition.

“The accident was a bit of a blow but I was determined to complete the hair and beard challenge I’d set myself,” said Selby.

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He decided to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK after talking to a woman in the village whose husband had been diagnosed with the cancer before he passed away.

“It really brings it home when people you know are diagnosed with this cancer and I wanted to help in any way I could,” he explained.

Every year, more than a million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the most common form of cancer (other than skin cancer) diagnosed in men.

Symptoms can include urinating frequently, especially at night, pain or burning with urination, passing blood and pain in the hips, pelvis, spine or upper legs.

Selby’s hair cut has raised a staggering £1,474 for the charity.

“I would like to thank everyone for their amazing generosity,” said Selby. “The only problem is now I’ve got to buy a woolly hat to keep warm.”