Former Rugby Mayor shaves beard for Myton Hospice in memory of wife

Bill is raising money for Myton after the hospice cared for his wife Janet
Bill is raising money for Myton after the hospice cared for his wife Janet

A former Mayor of Rugby has shaved off his bushy beard to raise money for the hospice that cared for his beloved wife.

Bill Sewell, of Hillmorton, had been growing the beard for six weeks in an attempt to raise money for Rugby Myton Hospice.

The 80-year-old, who was Mayor of Rugby in 2008, completed the challenge in memory of his wife, Janet, who died aged 76 after battling with a debilitating condition.

The couple would have been married 55 years next month.

As a thank you for the care and support the Myton team gave to Janet, Bill will be donating the £1,100 raised to the hospice. His initial fundraising target was £500.

“Unless you have experienced it first hand, it is impossible to describe how amazing Myton Hospice is,” Bill said.

“The staff are absolutely magnificent and they do a brilliant job. This fundraiser is a way of giving something back to say thank you for everything they did for Janet. I feel like I owe them a debt.”

Bill had his beard shaved at Myton Hospice on Wednesday and said he was delighted to help the hospice continue its great work.

“Myton has to raise millions of pounds every year just to keep things running, so it’s nice to help out in some way,” he said.

“The beard was a new look for me as I haven’t had one since I was in the Merchant Navy when I was young.

“It came on well in the six weeks I was growing it and I had quite a few compliments.”

Rachael Stevens, community fundraiser at Myton Hospice, said: “£1,100 is a fantastic amount of money and we hope Bill knows how grateful we are that he has decided to fundraise on our behalf in memory of his wife.

“We need £8 million each year to run the services we provide here at Myton and we wouldn’t be able to raise this amount of money without the help and support of people like Bill.”

Supporters can drop a donation in to Rugby Myton Hospice or call Bill on (01788) 542682.