Brian’s close shave helps Doncaster cancer appeal

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A charitable fundraiser really did have a close shave to help boost our Miles Better Million campaign.

For Brian Jeffrey, 71, decided to wave farewell to his whiskers - just a few months after growing them - to add to the coffers for our campaign to help bring radiotherapy services to Doncaster for the first time to help thousands of the town’s cancer patients.

The former carpet fitter started growing his beard at the beginning of November - traditionally dubbed Movember - when thousands of men across the globe grow moustaches to help boost cancer charities.

But he decided to continue sporting his facial fuzz throughout December - and it was only on Christmas Day that it was revealed he could finally shave his beard off.

“I got a message in one of the crackers saying my family had booked in for me to have a traditional cut-throat shave,” said Brian, 71.

“I had grown used to it and kept stroking it all the time, but it wasn’t really me so I was glad when it came off.”

Brian, who has suffered and recovered from prostate cancer himself, was treated to the shave at Bawtry’s Gentleman’s Retreat, the popular town centre barber’s shop which specialises in nostalgic style treatments.

Brian, from Springcroft Drive, Scawthorpe, was sponsored throughout his two month beard-growing expedition - and his efforts raised £250 for our appeal, run in conjunction with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

The trust wants to raise £1 million to bring radiotherapy equipment to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, a move which will save the town’s cancer patients gruelling and emotionally demanding trips to Sheffield to undergo treatment.

He said: “I would just like to thank all the people who donated. If I have done a little bit of good for people, then I am happy.”

It’s easy to get involved and donate money to our Miles Better Million Campaign in the following ways:

* Use the JustGiving website at

* Direct via the DCDT’s bank: Doncaster Co-operative Bank, St. Sepulchre Gate. Account number 50326679. Sort code 089082

* In person at 18A Priory Place, Doncaster.

For more details on Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, visit or contact Jeannette Fish on 01302 325029.