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26th Jan, 2022

Droitwich man's Christmas tree chest shave last year kick-started a year's worth of fund-raising

A DROITWICH man who was featured in the Standard last year for shaving and dying a Christmas tree into his chest hair to raise charity cash has followed on from that with a year’s worth of fund-raising for different causes.

We reported last year about Richard Padley’s December 2020 design for the Se7en Signs Of Hope in memory of his close friend of Mike Jelfs.

Mike was a prison officer at HMP Hewell and died in December 2018 after a brave battle with the aggressive Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).

an administrator on a Facebook group called The Hitmontone Dojo which trades in Pokemon cards, has now generated £4,704 for a number of charities.

The group also undertook free giveaways as part of its fund-raising activities.

In January, £525 was raised for Leukaemia Research, in February £109 went to Cystic Fibrosis, March saw £385 collected for a mental health charity and in April, Macmillan Cancer Support received £503.

The RSPCA was given £390 in May, £383 went to the still birth neonatal charities in June and in July the National Autistic Society was handed a donation of £384,

August saw Diabetes UK benefit from £484, in September Lupus UK got £324.50 and in October £703.05 was given to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Last month, £516 was raised for men’s health awareness.

Richard, who has received letters of thanks from each of the charities, praised the ‘awesome’ admin team, the group members who contributed and all his family and friends for their time and effort they gave each month.

“People often ask me why I always try and help everyone you can and why I fund-raise for the charities.

“You only have one life and should make the most of it time is very limited.

“Most people aren’t as fortunate as others and I like to help people in need as one day I may be in their situation and be the person that needs that help.”

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