Fundraisers’ Close Shave For Charity

Three members of Cotswold Polocrosse Club in Tetbury have helped raise over £1,800 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity by growing their beards and having them sculpted prior to a prestigious polocrosse tournament.


Agi Duhig, sponsorship and marketing executive for the club, explains: “Polocrosse is just like polo and lacrosse with a bit of rugby thrown in, so we always attract a big crowd for our games as they’re really exciting to watch. Ahead of our tournament this, which was held at our grounds outside of Tetbury, we decided to fundraise for a worthy local charity and wanted to do something a little different.”


Cotswold Polocrosse Club players, Daniel Duhig, Jonathan Keen and Alex Bull all nominated themselves to grow their beards from April until August and the club auctioned off the chance for players and guests to shave and sculpt the hairy men ready for the big day.


Agi adds: “Our auction winners did a great job shaving the boys and they looked great for our prestigious tournament. We were delighted to raise £1,826 for Midlands Air Ambulance and also raise awareness of the service among a large crowd of people. As polocrosse involves horses and players moving at high speed, there have often been occasions where we’ve had to rely on the air ambulance, so it is very rewarding to give something back.”


Susie Godwin, Gloucestershire regional fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “We always welcome really unique and fun fundraising ideas and the Cotswold Polocrosse Club certainly did something a little different to the norm. As 21 per cent of the incidents we attend in Gloucestershire involve sports, we are very grateful for the donation and wish the club all the best of luck for next season.”

Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.