Ian Guest gets shaved on the deck of MV Swift

Close shave for Ian on MV Swift as he raises hundreds for cancer charity

Published: 15th August 2023
Categories: Media Release

An electrical technician with Windermere Lake Cruises has “Braved the Shave” to raise hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity. Ian Guest had his hair, beard and eyebrows shaved off on the outside deck of MV Swift in Bowness raising over £1,350 pounds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Ian Guest loses his hair, beard and eyebrows on MV Swift in the Brave the Shave challenge for MacMillan Cancer Support

“I’m feeling a little bit light-headed!” Ian explained after completing the challenge.

“It feels strange without my hair and beard but I’m over the moon at the money raised so far.”

Ian took up the MacMillan Cancer Support Brave the Shave challenge after having a benign tumour removed from his head. “I just wanted to do something to highlight all the great work that MacMillan Cancer Support does,” he says.

Skipper (and barber-for-the-day) Mihai Nichita & Ian Guest

The shave was carried out by one of MV Swift’s skippers Mihai Nichita who developed his hair clipping skills while serving in the army.

“He did a great job,” says Ian; “I’m just pleased he used clippers and not a cutthroat razor!”

Ian, who’s from Bowness-on-Windermere, has worked with Windermere Lake Cruises for around 15 years so when he was looking for a location to Brave the Shave – the outside deck of the company’s newest vessel MV Swift seemed the perfect choice.

“I’ve had the full beard for around ten years so losing it is a big shock. But I don’t mind at all because it is for such a great cause.

Ian on Bowness Pier after the charity shave.

“All of us live with cancer one way or another. Either we have it or we have a loved one who has it. I’d like to thank all those who have donated – the funds will allow Macmillan to support a lot of people.”

Donations can still be made online by visiting the MacMillan Cancer Support Brave the Shave website bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/. You can search the site for those taking part in the shaving challenge and make donations online.

Watch the shave here

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