Jim’s close shave: Knaphill event pulls in the pounds

MORE than 200 visitors flocked to Anchor Crescent on Saturday to join in a fundraising frenzy which raised a massive £3,300 for the British Heart Foundation.

Glorious sunshine triumphed as the community got stuck in, kicking off events in the morning while punters poured into the village.

CROWD PLEASER – Jim has his head shaved to the glee of onlookers at the fundraiser in Anchor Crescent

CROWD PLEASER – Jim has his head shaved to the glee of onlookers at the fundraiser in Anchor Crescent

There were stalls, henna and face painting, penalty shootouts and a balloon game (donated by Paul of Events Organiser), a coconut shy, food and an ice cream van, while excellent entertainment came in the form of singer Lisa Von H, The Wilson Brothers and DJ Charlie Brown.

But the top attraction was Jim Ahmed from Knaphill Post Office who put his head on the line to lose his lovely locks in exchange for sponsorship. Less meant more for the BHF when, in the midday sun, the ‘mane’ man handed control of his bonny barnet to the sassy scissorhands of highest bidder Ben Madle, award-winning stylist from local hairdresser’s Headhunters.

The crowds gathered outside Valerie French’s salon, along with Jim’s family, friends and Knaphill Councillors Debbie Harlow, Melanie Whitehand and brother Saj Hussain to watch his close encounter and cheer him on – some even having a go with the razor.

Jim (right, after)  said: “It was a fantastic day. The weather was a winner and so was the number of people who turned up.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me and give a huge thank you all those who helped organise the day, inc-luding Ali, Donna and especially Josie from Steph’s Café and Phil Stubbs from Knaphill Residents’ Association.

“It was so good, we might make it a regular community event.”

More pictures in this week’s News & Mail.

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