AN Earby man's first haircut and shave of the year helped raise more than £4,500 for Pendleside Hospice.

Scott Clarkson who works in the family business – West Craven Insurance Services – has been raising money since the New Year and has become increasingly hirsute in the process.

Scott’s hairy endeavours culminated in a fun day at White Lion pub in Earby, when he had his head and beard shaved.

Scott raised money right up to the end as he auctioned off the privilege of wielding the clippers – with the dubious honour going to Gavin Garbutt for £70.

Scott and his friends had raised more than £500 on the day by doing a men’s topless car wash and the fun day itself raised £550.

Several other fundraisers, such as a picking and delivering takeaway food for a donation, also proved popular.

A delighted Scott said: “We raised over £1,000 for Pendleside Hospice last month at the West Craven Insurance Services golf day, so to raise another £4,500 is overwhelming. It was a cracking weekend and I’m so grateful for everyone’s support.

“I've had family, friends and friends’ families that have been affected by cancer, some have beaten it, some are dealing with it and some have unfortunately lost their battle. The money raised will help Pendleside Hospice to continue their magnificent work.”

Christina Cope, fundraising manager at Pendleside Hospice, said: “We’re really grateful to Scott and the team at West Craven Insurance Services, as well as all Scott’s family and friends who really got into the spirit to support his fundraising. It’s thanks to the efforts of people like Scott that we continue to provide such a vital service to the area.”