Things are about to get a bit hairy for the Islands’ MSP

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Do you recognise this man? He wants your support to raise funds to tackle bowel cancer.

This is in fact Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan back in 1992 and this beard is making a comeback in December as part of a fundraising challenge.

The normally clean shaven Alasdair is taking part in Decembeard, a sponsored beard-growing event in December to raise money to fight bowel cancer.

“The beard in 1992 was quite short lived, thankfully,” said Alasdair. “I decided to shave it off after it became clear it was frightening children! But it is making a long overdue return.”

He added: “My decision to raise money is prompted by the fact my Dad had this condition. Any donations which people are willing to make to this good cause are very much appreciated. Meanwhile this is not a very labour-intensive way for me to fundraise. I promise the beard will be away again in January!”

All funds raised through Decembeard will go to the charity Beating Bowel Cancer and help them reach their goal of raising £250,000 so they can support more people.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cause of cancer deaths. Around 1 in 18 people will get bowel cancer and, of the 100 people diagnosed every day, almost half will die of the disease. Yet, in over 90% of cases, bowel cancer could be treated successfully if diagnosed early.

To support Alasdair’s fundraising visit