A BAR manager has defied the approaching colder weather and had his beard shaved off for charity.

Brett Butler, manager of the Boat House Bar, pledged to raise as much money as possible for the Alzheimer’s Society by 'going naked'.

In addition, the bar, in the Canal Basin, put on a full day of entertainment including a sponsored cycle ride where staff managed to complete a gruelling 127 miles during the day - matching the length of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

Two staff members also had their legs waxed courtesy of The Luxe Clinic in Skipton, again raising lots of money in the process.

A raffle was also held, with prizes generously donated by local businesses.

Brett said: "The event was a huge success and raising over £1000 is an amazing amount, we were so thankful to everyone who donated."

He added: "I do feel a little lighter now my beard has gone and many of the bar’s customers didn’t recognise me as it’s a huge change having had the beard for two years now."

Alzheimer’s was the chosen charity as bar supervisor, Annie Fawcett’s great aunt, Maureen Holmes was diagnosed in June 2018 and died in June.

Annie said: "We started planning the event before Maureen left us so it was more poignant than ever that we made the event a special one to raise funds for the society.

"I certainly think we made our Maureen proud and I’m so happy we helped to raise such a significant amount for the Alzheimer’s Society."

Sponsorship money is still coming in and the final total will be revealed later this month on the bar’s Facebook page at /boathouseskipton