Jordan sacrifices the beard for charities

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Shortly before settling down to shave slices of turkey and ham onto his plate on Christmas, Jordan Austin, finally went under the shears himself, raising over £600 for two very worthy local charities.

The trainee accountant from Donemana had been threatening never to address the facial follicles unless friends and family paid a handsome ransom in support of Foyle Search and Rescue and ZEST, a local organisation dedicated to supporting people in Londonderry suffering from emotional pain and hurt.

Jordan Austin has raised �650 for Foyle Search and Rescue and ZEST.

Jordan Austin has raised �650 for Foyle Search and Rescue and ZEST.

But after two months’ fundraising Joran at last surrendered the beard on December 19.

“I finally did the shave-off last Saturday (December 19). I managed to raise £650, £380 for ZEST - healing the hurt, and £270 for Foyle Search & Rescue,” he explained.

Earlier this year the former Foyle College pupil, who is currently undertaking an accountancy training contract, told the Sentinel that there was a serious message behind the lighthearted shave-off.

“Suicide has always been something I’ve wanted to raise money for, it’s such a serious problem in our society, but still a lot of people hate talking about it and try to avoid it if at all possible,” he explained.

“So, it’s been at the back of my mind for a while, especially since April 2014 when I lost my friend from the Ulster Project, Danny Higgins,” he added.

The Western Trust Health and Social Care Trust’s Improvement Department supports a number of suicide prevention initiatives in the Western area.

If you or someone you know are in crisis or despair, Lifeline counsellors are available 24/7 via the helpline to provide you with instant support.

Contact Lifeline on 0808 808 800.