Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

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HMP Governor shaves head in aid of the local hospice and NHS Charities

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Dougie Graham, who is head of HMP Isle of Wight, has gotten rid of the hair on his head and beard — after 14 years of growth

THE Governor of HMP Isle of Wight has shaved his head — minus the eyebrows — in aid of the local hospice and NHS Charities.

Dougie Graham, who is head of HMP Isle of Wight, has gotten rid of the hair on his head and beard — after 14 years of growth — and raised more than £2,500 in the process.

Setting a target at only £500, supporters have dug deep and now raised £2,505 for Mountbatten and NHS Charities Together.

Mr Graham said he wanted to do something to show support for the bravery of NHS colleagues and especially Mountbatten — after one of the biggest fundraising pushes for the charity, Walk The Wight, was cancelled.

He said: “These are strange and often heart-breaking times — I know that they [NHS staff] will be dealing with so much and are really amazing.

“Many of my relatives work(ed) in the NHS and will be doing their bit.

“I know lots of prison colleagues who have family that work at St Mary’s or the hospice, they are doing amazing work and sadly we will be asking more of them in the weeks or months to come.

“Shaving my beard and hair off is such a small thing to do and I am so grateful to HMP Isle of Wight Prison colleagues, friends, family and complete strangers who have been so kind and generous in helping me raise money for these fantastic causes.

“I asked my eldest son to put the video together for me, I have been amazed by the positive reaction and hope doing this shave video will make some people smile and give them a short bit of light relief at a worrying time for us all.”

To donate to Mr Graham’s fundraiser, you can follow the link here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DougieGraham