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Haverhill man ditches the razor for 365 days to raise money for the Joshua Tarrant Trust




A hairy challenge made from one man to another down the pub has landed Haverhill charity The Joshua Tarrant Trust more than £5,100.

Haverhill man Alan Bampton, known to all as ‘Bammo’, grew a beard for 12 months, earning sponsorship along the way, to raise the money for the trust.

The bet was put to Alan, 53, in the Royal Exchange in Haverhill on Christmas Eve 2018.

A bearded Alan Bampton with Denise Tarrant. Contributed picture
A bearded Alan Bampton with Denise Tarrant. Contributed picture

He said: “It was a bet with Michael Bavester. He just said ‘I will put £100 in the Joshua Tarrant Trust if you grow a beard for a year without trimming it’.

“Other people said ‘I will do it’ and before you knew it, there was £400.”

The beard was shaved off in the Royal Exchange last Christmas Eve by Ben Mac from Thomas William Barbers and from July, Alan had it died a different colour each month by Sonia Santry and Aliyah Perfect.

From left: Sean Tarrant, co-founder of the Joshua Tarrant Trust, Darren Anderson (trustee), Michael Bavister (set up the bet) , Alan Bampton after the event, Ben Mac (Thomas William Barbers) Alex Webb (trustee). Front Row; Dionne Walford (landlady Royal Exchange) and Denise Tarrant (co-founder of the charity). Contributed picture
From left: Sean Tarrant, co-founder of the Joshua Tarrant Trust, Darren Anderson (trustee), Michael Bavister (set up the bet) , Alan Bampton after the event, Ben Mac (Thomas William Barbers) Alex Webb (trustee). Front Row; Dionne Walford (landlady Royal Exchange) and Denise Tarrant (co-founder of the charity). Contributed picture

He also received £1,000 in December from his employer, Bellwood Interiors and donations from Haverhill companies, including M Shinn Flooring and Glass Fusion.

The whole experience was, said Alan, who is friends with Darren Anderson, one of the charity’s trustees, ‘very humbling.’

Joshua Tarrant Trust co-founder, Denise Tarrant, said the money will pay for a teaching specialist, service delivery manager and admin assistant at the Brainbow rehabilitation unit for children with brain tumours at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, for a whole month.

She added: “It makesa hell of a lot of difference.

“It’s absolutely amazing.”

Donations can still be made to Alan HERE


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