Friends show they are a cut above

Sunderland Echo - - News - By So­phie Brown­son so­phie.brown­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter:@sbrown­sonjp

A group of friends shaved off their hair and mous­taches to raise aware­ness of prostate cancer.

Phil Jef­fries, 54, Craig Bewick, 48, and Martin Sud­dick, 59, took part in the spon­sored event at Donkin’s Pub on Blind Lane Sun­der­land, on Fri­day, to raise £4,000 for the urol­ogy unit at Sun­der­land Royal Hos­pi­tal.

Phil, from Silksworth Hall, has un­der­went treat­ment for prostate cancer at the hos­pi­tal and said his ex­pe­ri­ence has led to him try­ing to raise funds as a way of thank­ing staff for the work they do.

Mr Jef­fries, a box­ing pro­moter who also runs Sun­der­land Coach­works, grew a mous­tache which he had shaved off in aid of the cause.

He said: “I have prostate cancer and I just wanted to do this for Pro­fes­sor Greene and the staff at Sun­der­land Royal.

“I am un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the mo­ment, af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed over a year ago and I am go­ing back in Jan­uary to see if I can get the all clear. Since I have been di­ag­nosed lots of peo­ple have peo­ple have come to me ask­ing me about it, so I just wanted to raise aware­ness. “The lads have done tremen­dously well and we have raised around £4,000 for the cause.”

Sweeney Todd Bar­ber Shop car­ried out the head shave, with funds raised through spon­sor­ship and col­lec­tion buck­ets which were placed at the pub.

Joanne Gor­don, who is a good friend of the char­i­ta­ble trio, was de­lighted with their ef­forts.

She said: “The lads also have close friends and fam­ily af­fected by prostate cancer so they just wanted to do some­thing to give back and raise some funds and aware­ness for the cause.

“Martin has been grow­ing his hair for a year for this and Craig has been grow­ing his for the last month.

“A cou­ple of lo­cal peo­ple have also been do­ing it.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing them to go through with it, so it has been a good laugh.”

Char­ity head shave for prostate cancer. Craig Bewick, box­ing pro­moter Phil Jef­fries and Martin Sud­dick.

Craig Bewick, box­ing pro­moter Phil Jef­fries and Martin Sud­dick.

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