It’s hair today gone tomorrow for James!

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JAMES Hogarth from Ayton has finally had a shave after three long months of growing in aid of charity.

James raised the excellent sum of £1,000 for The Stroke Association in the Borders after seeing the effects first hand at Christmas when it affected his mother, Doreen who was struck down with a stroke on Christmas Eve 2010.

He decided to do something to help and chose to grow a beard from January 28 to April 29 and he finally receieved his long awaited shave at Ayton Bowling Club.

James said: “My mother suffered a stroke in December 2010. With her fighting spirit and the excellent care she has recieved at both the Borders General Hospital Stroke Unit and The Knoll Hospital at Duns she is doing very well.

“However, I felt strongly that I had to do something to help people who have suffered a stroke so I decided to grow a beard and moustache for three months. I had a shave on January 28 and didn’t shave again until April 29. I thought I would probably end up looking like Hagrid from Harry Potter or Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses!

“All the money donated will go to help people who have suffered a stroke and can make a difference. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated so generously.”