Delivery driver loses his Santa beard to help raise funds for unpaid carers

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Father and grandfather Les Handley, who plays the role of Santa at community events, has said farewell to his beard for now as he took part in a sponsored shave to raise funds for our work in making carers count.

Les, from Stevenage, has grown his beard since August 2017 to play the role of Father Christmas at local fundraising and community events – something he has done for five years.

He decided to have his beard shaved and hair trimmed in time for Christmas and the event took place on Saturday 15th December.

Stevenage Mayor Cllr Margaret Notley, who is supporting Carers in Hertfordshire as one of the charities she is raising funds for whilst Mayor, helped start the shave. Then local mobile hairdresser Lisa Wooster, continued the shave, kindly donating her services for free.

Les, who has three sons and eight grandchildren, explained that he decided to support Carers in Hertfordshire after learning about the charity from his friends Charmaine Terry and Chrissy Gale, who have been supporters for a couple of years and have helped fundraise by holding teddy tombolas and a couple of Christmas Markets.

Les said: “I know there are many people in Hertfordshire caring for a partner, relative or friend as they are ill, disabled or elderly, and having the support of a charity like Carers in Hertfordshire makes such a positive difference to them. It is somewhere to turn to for free advice, information and a chance to connect with other carers and I’m pleased to do a little bit to help and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me.”

So far Les has raised almost £150 from the sponsored shave and he said: “It has been great to grow the beard. I will miss it, but it will be back soon for raising more money next year. A big thank you to Lisa for doing the shave.”

Tim Napper, Finance and Support Services Manager at Carers in Hertfordshire, said: “We appreciate the support of people in our community such as Les, Lisa and the Mayor of Stevenage for helping us raise funds and awareness for our work identifying and providing services for unpaid carers.”

If you want to make a donation, organise your own fundraiser or a caring for someone unpaid in Hertfordshire or elsewhere if you live in the county please call 01992 58 69 69 or email

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