Hair-growing is mane event for Pinkie and pals

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A group of friends are saying goodbye to haircuts and beard trimming – and there will be fringe benefits for charity.

Pinkie Stobbart, 26, of Teviot Close, Corby, has vowed not to have her hair cut until October and her dad Richard, 51, of South Road, in the town, and five male friends, will be growing beards.

The sponsored hair-growing challenge is being held to raise cash for Lakelands Hospice, the NSPCC and Help for Heroes.

They are all regulars at the White Hart pub, in High Street, Corby, which is supporting their efforts.

Pinkie said: “We were just chatting in the pub and came up with the idea to raise funds.

“Lakelands is a great Corby charity which helps people in the town, the NSPCC is very deserving and my dad is an ex-serviceman, so it seemed appropriate to do something for Help for Heroes.

“We wanted to support more than one good cause.

“I haven’t grown my hair for years, so I’m not sure what I’ll look like with flowing locks. We are all seeking sponsorship and hope to raise quite a bit of money.”

On Saturday, October 6, the friends will face the chop when Pinkie’s hair will be cut and the beards will be shaved at the White Hart. There will also be a dance and a prize draw.

Pinkie said: “The landlord is giving us the venue free of charge so all the cash from ticket sales can go to charity.

“We will be approaching businesses in the town for sponsorship and donations of prizes and we hope people will support us. It’s for three very good causes.”

Mr Stobbart said: “We’re calling ourselves Pinkie and seven punks but so far we’re a man short. If anyone fancies spending the next nine months growing a beard for charity, they can get in touch.

“We are all good sports and looking forward to the challenge.”

If you would like to take part in the hair-growing event, sponsor those taking part or donate prizes contact Pinkie on on 07806 388403, or Mr Stobbart on 07956 459315.