By John Baron
A Pudsey man who has been growing a beard since March 2020 in protest against Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally shaved it all off – and raised more than £700 for charity.
Tim Devereux pledged to keep growing it until Johnson resigned, and he asked people to support him by raising funds for the Trussell Trust food banks, via an online crowdfunding appeal.
When Mr Johnson announced his resignation yesterday, Mr Devereux visited Unique Barber Shop, in Pudsey, to have his beard removed.
Mr Devereux, who lives on Hough Top, has so far raised £706 for the Trussell Trust food banks with his fundraiser. He told WLD:
“I am overwhelmed by the response to my fund-raiser, I had no idea it would reach so many people – my original £200 target was smashed. I don’t know whether people really don’t like ex-PM Johnson, or whether they just hate beards. Either way, I am hoping the donations will continue!”
Mr Devereux spent almost two and half years growing his beard which, before trimming, easily reached his chest. He added: “It feels a bit strange not to have it any more – I’ve been told I look a bit like my big sister! Given the hot weather, it’s not too bad timing.”
The fundraiser also volunteers at Pudsey Labour Party’s monthly food bank collections for the Pudsey Community Project and is passionate about tackling food poverty. “People are saying we have to do something to tackle food poverty and hopefully this goes a little way to raising the profile of the issue,” he said.
Donations to “Tim’s Beard Trimming” can be made here.