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Crab fisherman Bernie getting shaved for cancer charity

A CRAB fisherman is braving the shave to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

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Local crab fisherman Bernie Le Gallais, is shaving his head and beard to raise money for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. His father, Pat, is currently suffering from the disease. Bernie will be shaving his hair and raising money at Harold James on Saturday. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 32153405)

And it will be his eight-year-old son who will be holding the clippers.

Bernie Le Gallais is not only losing his hair, but also his beard, which he has had for 23 years.

‘I’ve had the beard since I was 14, my wife and kids have never seen me without it,’ he said.

‘I think the dogs will all be barking when I come through the door when its all gone.’

The extreme haircut will be taking place at Harold James barbers in the Pollet on Saturday. And Mr Le Gallais’s son Ted, 8, will be doing the initial cut, before getting a grade one haircut himself. The charity is close to Mr Le Gallais’s heart as his dad Pat was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.

‘He’s been an inspiration, he’s 66 and kept working as a builder throughout, despite the chemotherapy and radiation treatment,’ he said.

‘I wanted to give something back to all those who have helped him.’

Mr Le Gallais had hoped to raise £500, but had already raised more than triple this amount.

And as the joint owner of A1 Crab Supplies he is also raffling off a huge seafood platter to the highest bidder through A1’s Facebook page, with a current highest bid of £150.

‘It’s an 18-inch tray, really stacked high with crab, lobster, prawns and smoked salmon,’ he said.

‘And its open for anyone to bid on.’

Mr Le Gallais is no stranger to fund raising, having raised £17,500 last Christmas with a raffle for the RNLI.

n Find out more or donate to his appeal on his justgiving page