As Chairman of ELMC’s Fundraising Committee, Steve Thomson is taking an unusual step to remain proactive during this extensive period of lockdown & social distancing.

He is planning to raise money for ELMC by asking for sponsorship as he braves the challenge of not having a shave or a haircut for an entire year! 

Chairman of ELMC’s Fundraising Committee, Steve Thomson, in various stages of hairiness

Steve, who is usually clean shaven and wears his hair short, explained that fundraising was proving extremely difficult during the COVID crisis, “Without the opportunity to organise social events and with all Lodge meetings suspended, this looks to be a very grim season for us”.   

Of course, the ELMC is busier than ever with all it’s regular costs to meet along with new costs for extra COVID precautions at Hewlett Court and the implementation of a special COVID relief fund for community projects. 

“When the lockdown began in March, it was impossible to get a haircut and I simply stopped shaving because I couldn’t go out” Steve added, “but as time went on the idea developed and I decided to set myself a little challenge”.

“For an entire year I will let my hair and beard grow wild, culminating on 17th March 2021 when I will have the lot shaved off in one go!”

“That’s the equivalent of 12 “Septembeards” (and Movembers) and a sponsored head shave, all for one donation – surely a bargain?”

Steve is looking for as much support as possible with his endeavour, so please visit his Just Giving page at to make a donation today.

“Remember,” Steve quipped, “this offer is only available whilst locks last”. 

We’ll keep you posted on this story.