When the country went into lockdown towards the end of March, David Force, a recently retired local estate agent and Devonshire Freemason missed out on a haircut by two days. No matter he thought, it will only be a few weeks
As the weeks passed, his silver curls took on a life of their own, turning from slightly unkempt to decidedly shaggy. David even thought about getting a job as a lookalike for Brian May, the Queen guitarist!
David and his wife have been volunteering for a small local charity in Dawlish, called Assist Teignbridge. It provides help and support for the elderly and those in need in the area. This ranges from shopping to dog-walking, collecting prescriptions to befriending, gardening to nail clipping. It relies heavily on donations and fundraising events.
It was suggested by fellow volunteers that David could perhaps get himself sponsored to shave off his crowning glory, but he thought that a bit extreme! After some persuasion, it was decided that dyeing it a fairly outlandish colour would be preferable, rather than risk a sunburnt pate! What should have been a vivid purple colour turned out to be a rather fetching blue/ lilac. Undaunted, he opened a Virgin Money Giving Page and set himself a target of raising £500 for Assist Teignbridge.
David contacted his Lodge Charity Steward at The Lodge of Union which meets at Starcross who set the wheels in motion for a donation of £500.
David also posted photos on his Facebook page and called in a few favours from friends. As a result, he raised in excess of £2,100 and thank goodness his hair has now almost returned to its natural silver, albeit with a faint blue tinge!
David said that he is now looking forward to seeing his hairdresser, who should be able to finish the job off in a week or so. He said: 'This is an easy way of raising money, so long as you’re not too self-conscious about looking rather silly in public.'