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Mike Anthony

Mike's Lockdown Beard Shave

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][br][/p][p]With major fundraising events cancelled due to Covid-19, [b]Ely Hereward Rotary Club[/b] have been looking for new fundraising events during lockdown.[/p][p]Club member Mike Anthony has come up with the idea of having his beard shaved off for charity.[/p][p]Mike, who normally lives in Slovakia, regularly visits the UK, has been locked down since arriving in UK two days before the Slovakian borders closed on 13th March! since then he has been separated from his wife, Heli, in Slovakia, with no prospect of meeting up again until at least July, during lockdown he has grown a luxuriant beard of which he is quite proud…[/p][p]However, Heli is not so keen on his whiskers having persuaded him some 15 years ago to shave of his moustache, so Mike is proposing to part with it in a sponsored beard shave, with all proceeds going to support a vital charity - [b]Cambridgeshire Samaritans[/b] and is hoping to raise at least £500 to part with his pride and joy…[/p][p][b][u]Beard Shave Date agreed! - Saturday 25th July[/u][/b][/p][p]Following the recent relaxation of lockdown on 4th July, [b]Ely Hereward Rotary Club[/b] have agreed with the partners of [b]First Class Barbers[/b] in Ely for Mike's beard to go under the razor at 2.30pm on Saturday 25th July. It is hoped that the shave will be live streamed by a Community Webpage on Facebook - details of the streaming page will be announced in the near furure.[/p][p][b][u]Chosen Charity[/u][/b][/p][p]The chosen charity is the Cambridgeshire branch of the Samaritans, one of the oldest and largest branches in the country, which has been giving invaluable emotional support to the people of Cambridgeshire for over 50 years.To deal with increased levels of demand arising from Covid 19, a dedicated phone number has more recently been opened just for NHS staff.[/p][p]The work of Cambridge Samaritans, and local need for its services, is extensive, as the following statistics show.[/p][p]In the past year (April 2019 to March 2020) 31,802 calls received, 506 outbound calls, over 9,238 hours on the phone, 1,808 SMS meessages sent, 1,664 e-mails, and 160 visits to their office from persons in distress.41 new listening volunteers trained and on 31st March 2020 a total of 179 volunteers (168 listeners and 11 support volunteers).[/p][p]In all, 35,951 total contacts, which translates to almost 100 contacts a day.[/p][p]The Branch has to raise over £45000 a year to sustain its operations and like so many charities Covid-19 has left a huge funding gap, so any financial support you can provide we will greatly appreciated.[/p][p]If you would like more information about the Samaritans, please visit:-[/p][p][url=https://www.samaritans.org/branches/cambridge/][b]https://www.samaritans.org/branches/cambridge/[/b][/url][/p][p][b]Ely Hereward Rotary Club[/b] will keep everyone updated with the appeal via the local press, social media, and our club Facebook page:- [b]https://www.facebook.com/ElyHerewardRotaryClub/ [/b][/p][p] [/p][p][url=https://www.samaritans.org/branches/cambridge/] [/url][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

25 Jul 2020


Jul 10, 2020


Good Luck Mike.

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 9, 2020

Christine Gascoigne

£20.90 plus £5.23 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2020

John Thorogood

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2020


Jul 3, 2020


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2020

Frank C

Good luck Mike!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid