Since New Year’s Day, one man has been sporting the most unique facial hair on Teesside.
With one half of his face clean shaven and the other half covered by a luxurious beard, Paul Mclaughlin has certainly been turning some heads – but not all.
And that’s the point says Paul, whose half face of whiskers has been done in the name of raising awareness for testicular cancer and breast cancer. Paul, the owner of Chameleon Curtain Making Service on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, finally had his whole face clean shaven on Saturday, having raised more than £1,000 in donations for his cause.
Explaining his unique awareness campaign, Paul said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s been about promoting awareness and encouraging people to just check themselves.
“When people have seen me, some have batted an eyelid, but some people haven’t.
“It’s like they haven’t really looked properly.
“Because they weren’t looking for it, they haven’t acknowledged something that’s right in front of them.
“That’s the idea, checking what’s right in front of you.
“You can check your testicles and you can check your breasts, even if you’re a man – men do get breast cancer as well.”
The idea started when Paul, was dared to shave off his beard of two years by his partner.
Paul, 45, said: “I had a scare myself last year and my partner’s friend died of breast cancer.
“It was my partner, Alan Robbins, and my friend, Stacy Coleman-White, who dared me to do it.
“There’s no way I could do a 5k run or anything like that – but I can make a twit of myself.
“The original plan was that I would look a twit for one week. If I could raise £100 in that time, that would be fine.
“Whatever I managed to raise would be split, half and half, between breast cancer and testicular cancer awareness charities.
“So on New Year’s Day, I ended up shaving half of my beard off and leaving the other half.
“But the donations kept on coming and it’s got to £1,020 now.”
The donations will be split between testicular cancer awareness charity, Checkemlads, and breast cancer awareness charity, Breast Cancer Care.
After 30 days, Paul finally had a full clean shave on Saturday at Kutz hairdressers on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, who have promoted Paul’s efforts and donated to the cause.
“For the past month, it’s been mentioned that one half of my face looked like Jürgen Klopp and the other half looked like Harry Potter,” said Paul following his shave. Now I just look about 12.”
You can still donate to Paul’s cause by visiting www.gofundme.com/egh3udrh .