TWO bearded blokes had more than a close shave, when they went for the chop for charity.

Steve Brown and Jarryd Clements were subjected to the clipper treatment at Salesbury Cricket Club on September 14 to raise money for the East Lancashire Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.

Mr Brown, known as Browny, captains the cricket club’s first team, and hadn’t been clean shaven in more than five years.

Mr Brown, whose father Paul survived prostate cancer, said: “I’d just like to thank everyone who donated generously and supported the event on the day.

“It was for two great causes - East Lancs Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK a charity that helps raise awareness for the most common cancer in men.

“After my dad, Paul, was diagnosed three years ago with prostate cancer, but fortunately cleared just over 12 months later, I’ve tried to raise what I can for them.”

The event was organised by Rose Queen, Lucy Rawson, and her mother, Liz Rawson.

Miss Rawson chose East Lancashire Hospice as her charity during her crowning year as her grandfather had been cared for at the hospice and it is a charity close to her family’s hearts.

Mrs Rawson said: “A lot of people at the cricket club and at the local church have a personal connection to the hospice and want to make a difference.”

Mr Clements, an overseas amateur cricket player for Melbourne, Australia, who had been at Salesbury on a summer transfer, wanted to get involved with some charity events before he jetted back down under.

More than £600 had already been raised at the event before Murat Ozbalink, from the Turkish Barbers in Brownhill, got to work.

A final cheque presentation will take place at the end of the Rose Queen’s year.