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Martin Hills is doing a fundraising beard shave for the Taxi Charity

On 23 April, fire protection engineer, Martin Hills, will be getting a close shave for the Taxi Charity in his local public house, the Duchess of Kent.

Martin is a regular in the Duchess of Kent in Northumberland Heath. Having spent many hours hearing stories from his friend, London cab driver, Paul Cook, about the Taxi Charity, Martin decided he wanted to raise some money to support the veterans.

Martin said: "Paul is always telling me about what he does to support the Taxi Charity and how they are totally reliant on donations to enable them to take veterans back to Normandy and the Netherlands as well as to events across the UK. I decided that I wanted to help and after considering what I could do, I decided to shave off my beard. I am well known for my beard as it’s my pride and joy but I think I can make this tiny sacrifice to support those men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom."

Paul Cook, London cabbie and Taxi Charity volunteer, said: "Everyone will enjoy seeing what Martin looks like under that beard! We might not even recognise him! I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for the Taxi Charity and I have met some incredible men and women who fought in WWII when I have driven them to commemorations across the continent. I am delighted that Martin wants to help by asking people to donate towards his beard shave."

Dick Goodwin, vice president of the Taxi Charity, said: "2023 is a very special milestone in the charity's history as we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. We are so thankful when people like Martin are inspired to raise funds for us and we are looking forward to seeing him clean shaven."

Paul Cook will be taking one of the veterans the Taxi Charity supports to the Duchess of Kent on 23 April to witness the beard removal and to help pass a collection bucket around the pub.

Martin continued: "I would love to raise £1,000 for the Taxi Charity. I know everyone in the Duchess will get behind me and I am sure there will be plenty of volunteers offering to use the razor but I have said Paul can wield the blade and hopefully we will reach the target."

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