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Grimsby pair grow beards to raise money for charity

David Clixby has been growing a beard for charity
Image caption David Clixby spends an extra ten minutes a day caring for his facial hair

A plumber and an electrician from North East Lincolnshire are over halfway through a challenge to grow beards for charity.

David Clixby and Richard Wall from Grimsby began the year-long project after a bet in a pub.

Plumber Mr Wall had to scale back his facial hair to a goatee style after burning part of it with a blowtorch.

The pair have raised almost £3,000 for Help for Heroes and will shave off their beards on New Year's Day 2012.

Speaking about the loss of some of his facial hair, Mr Wall, said: "I did singe it a little bit when I was under a sink so I decided just to grow a goatee.

"I can tie it up and it's not getting in the way because it can be a bit dangerous when I'm in a tight place with a blowtorch."

The charity challenge has changed Mr Clixby's morning routine.

He said getting ready now takes 10 minutes longer than it did when he was clean shaven.

Mr Clixby added: "The worst thing is the food sticks to it, but the best thing is you can have your tea half an hour after you finish it."

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