Alison braves shaver for charity

PUBS are frequently used as venues to watch sporting occasions, chat with friends or simply enjoy a quiet drink.

On Sunday, the Five Bells in Great Cornard threw off the shackles and opted to stage a more unusual type of entertainment, as villagers took part in a charity hair, chest and beard shave.

The event, organised by Alison Sheppard, saw eight people brave the shaver and raise more than £1,000, which will be divided between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Sick Children’s Trust and Winston’s Wish.

“Everything went really well and the pub was absolutely packed,” said Alison, 42.

“All those who came to watch were very impressed with what we were doing and the support was fantastic.”

Alison chose to have her head shaved and donate to Macmillan in support of a family member and a close friend who are both currently fighting breast cancer.

She said five people had originally put themselves forward to join her, but three others decided to get involved on the day.

“It was great that so many people wanted to do their bit for charity,” added Alison.

“They may be feeling a bit chillier than normal now, but I sure they’re all pleased with what they’ve done.”

DOING HER BIT: Alison Sheppard shows off her new look.