Hairy bikers shave off beards for old friend

Isham The Lilacs beard shave: Ade Law, missing his beard already.'06/01/12

Isham The Lilacs beard shave: Ade Law, missing his beard already.'06/01/12

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Two hairy bikers sacrificed their beards to raise money to buy a motorised wheelchair for a friend suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Former scrap yard worker and antique dealer Tim Lovell cannot move most of his body or talk because of the progressive muscle weakening condition he was diagnosed with 10 years ago.

But the 48-year-old has been given some cheer by friends Ade Law, 50, and Shane O’Connor, 45, after they took part in a shave-off event to raise nearly £1,500 for a new wheelchair.

The motorised wheelchair, which the NHS could not pay for, will give Mr Lovell more mobility so he can see his friends and provide less strain for his wife Anne.

Mr Law, of Alexandra Street, Burton Latimer, had grown his beard for 25 years but said he was delighted to help a good friend.

The businessman said: “Tim is one of the best blokes you could ever meet, no-one has a bad word to say about him.

“When I heard about the fundraiser I jumped at the chance to help out because I know how much the wheelchair will mean to Tim and his wife.”

Mr O’Connor, of Lower End, Pytchley, had grown his beard since 2007.

The HGV driver said: “I didn’t mind doing it at all because it was a great cause.

“I hope the wheelchair and the money left come in handy for them both.”

The fundraising shave-off event took place at the Lilacs Inn in Isham last Thursday.

Mrs Lovell, of Barton Seagrave, said: “It is amazing what the community have raised in such a short amount of time.

“Both me and Tim are so appreciative of everyone’s efforts, what they have done will help us so much.”

Multiple sclerosis affects about 100,000 people in the country.

There is currently no cure for the condition.