A Darlington man is shaving his hair and beard to raise money for the Green Party mayoral candidate and St Teresa's Hospice.

The 62-year-old man has a foot-long beard and even longer hair but he is ready to lose it all on March 22.

He hopes that money raised from his shearing will help Sally Bunce in her campaign.

Mr Foster said: "I support mayoral candidate Sally Bunce 100%.

"She is the only candidate capable of letting light and fresh air into the shadowy Tees Valley Combined Authority's corridors of power.

"Sally has a genuine record of working for all the people, not just the rich and influential.

"You only have to look up her campaigning history on the internet to be convinced that she's not just another grey, besuited, establishment politician."

The Northern Echo: Paul Foster

It will be Mr Foster's first trim since before the first lockdown.

Once his hair has been cut off it will be given to the Little Princes Trust which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other reasons.

Alternatively, people can also sponsor him in aid of St Teresa's Hospice to help make the end of life less daunting for patients and their families.

Mr Foster added: "I know they'd be there for me, so I'm hoping people can give them a boost.

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"We plan to post pictures and video of the event on my Just Giving page afterwards."

There will be a collection on the night or you can donate to them on their website or here on Paul's fundraiser.

The event will take place on March 22 in the upstairs of The Quakerhouse pub, Mechanics Yard, Darlington.