Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Jason Adams was doubly brave when he had a complete head and beard shave to raise cash for a cause close to his heart.
He’s already bagged £400 – with more to come – and every penny will help the Multiple Sclerosis Society in its fight to beat the condition.
Jason (42), from Holbeach, spent two or three months growing a bushy beard so he could do the double.
And it didn’t take long at the town’s In Style Hair Design for Jason to lose his hair.
He said: “I thought it would be a good way to help the MS Society.
“I was first diagnosed in 2001. I wasn’t sure at first if it was toothache or something else.
I was first diagnosed in 2001. I wasn’t sure at first if it was toothache or something else.Jason Adams
“It felt like an irritation at the side of my head, beside my ear, and the doctor sent me off for an MRI scan and they came back with MS.”
The former factory worker was at that time employed by a firm that had a chiller and he felt okay working in temperatures of minus 1C to minus 10C.
But that firm closed and he found himself working in warmer conditions.
“It just did me no good,” he says. “I started to lose balance every now and again and it sort of progressed from there.
“About four or five years ago I started using a wheelchair for getting around.”
MS is a life-long condition that affects the central nervous system, the brain and spinal chord.
The condition affects people in different ways and symptoms can even vary from day-to-day.
Symptoms reported by people who are newly diagnosed include exhaustion, stumbling more than before and strange feelings in the skin – like pins and needles and numbness.
Jason says the Multiple Sclerosis Society is trying to find a cure for the condition and that’s why he chose to fundraise for them.
He’s grateful to everyone who sponsored him and to the supporters who turned up at In Style Hair Design on the day to cheer him on.
He said the double-shave came as a relief.
“I don’t do long hair, generally,” he said. “But then I don’t do short hair either.”