Westgate golfer George gets ready to lose locks in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

George Sparrow will be braving the shave in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

All year retired builder George Sparrow has been growing his hair in preparation for a charity shave.

George, who is Captain of Westgate & Birchington golf club section Spring Greens, is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The 69-year-old will be having his mop dyed green -in a nod to the Spring Greens- ready for the big shave on November 30.

George moved from Dartford to Westgate in 2019 to enjoy his retirement by the sea – and at the golf club.

The grandad-of-three said: “I became captain (at the club) and every week we would ply for a £1 and I thought it would be good if we put that £1 in the pot for something.”

George says he and many of the golfers have been personally touched by losses- and survivals- of prostate cancer and so he decided to raise some funds and awareness for the charity.

To date George and the club have raised over £3500 for the cause with support from the local community, businesses, shops, restaurants and pubs donating and contributing to raffles.

On his fundraising page, George says: “I have chosen Prostate Cancer UK as a charity partner to raise awareness and fundraise for a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes, the same time on average that it takes to play three holes of golf.

“Those most frequently affected by the disease are men over the age of 50, black men over 45 and those with a family history of the illness.

“Prostate Cancer UK raises vital awareness of the disease, alongside funds which support research into prostate cancer, as well as supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer.”

Dad-of-two George won’t be sorry to see the end of his flowing locks. He said: “I normally have short hair so it’s annoying. I don’t really want to go bald either but as long as it raises a few bob on the day, that’s the main thing.”

Find George’s fundraiser by clicking here