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Albany’s Bob Millard locks in a cut to raise funds for community hospice

Bob Millard will part with his lustrous silver locks at the Albany Agricultural Show this weekend as brave locals shave their heads to support Albany Community Hospice.

Unable to get to the hairdressers during COVID-19 lockdowns, the 81-year-old decided to forgo his regular trims for 12 months and grow out a mullet for a good cause.

He will join a group of 10 mates — including his partner Blondie — at the show about 2pm on Saturday where they will lose their hair in front of a crowd.

Mr Millard said after seeing friends and relatives cared for by the hospice over the past year he was driven to do his part to keep the service ticking.

The Albany facility is the only community-funded hospice in WA.

Bob Millard is shaving his head to raise funds for Albany Hospice.
Camera IconBob Millard is shaving his head to raise funds for Albany Hospice. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

It needs to raise $250,000 a year to provide palliative care and specialist medical support to improve the quality of life for people with terminal illness.

“I thought if by saving a lot of money and not having a haircut for 12 months, I can raise a few dollars for the hospice, then why not?” he said.

Mr Millard said staff at the hospice went above and beyond to show care and compassion.

“I encourage the community to rattle their dags, tip themselves upside down, shake all their loose change out,” he said.

Hospice volunteers have knitted the group beanies to keep their shaved heads warm after the event.

To donate, bring cash to the show or visit the fundraising page.

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