It's a close shave for Patrick

IT'S taken years off him - and helped raise vital funds to help injured soldiers.Patrick Welsh is getting used to having a smooth face again after having his beard shaved off in aid of BLESMA (The British Limbless Ex-servicemen's Association).

IT'S taken years off him - and helped raise vital funds to help injured soldiers.

Patrick Welsh is getting used to having a smooth face again after having his beard shaved off in aid of BLESMA (The British Limbless Ex-servicemen's Association).

Mr Welsh, 30, of Watton, decided to start growing his beard in February when illness meant he was unable to carry on his training with the TA 254 Medical Regiment in Norwich.

'As I could not do the training and be deployed as part of the regiment I thought I would do something to help and raise money.'


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Mr Welsh's younger sons Aiden, nine, and Frazer, five, are pupils at Carbrooke Primary School, which has close links with the military and acting headmistress Rosie Newport did the shaving.

'It feels a bit odd and when I had had it done I realised how cold it was! I sent some pictures to BLESMA and they thought I looked 20 years younger!' said Mr Welsh.

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He has so far raised nearly �100 and anyone who wants to donate money can visit his web page at www.justgiving.com/patrick-welsh-shavingoffmanbeard.

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