A madcap prison guard has shaved a Christmas tree into his chest hair for charity – after his wife BANNED him from growing a moustache for Movember.
Richard Padley, 30, dyed the design green and even decorated it with colourful baubles which he now sports on his dad bod.
He is raising money for cancer charity Se7en Signs of Hope in honour of his friend and colleague Mike Jelfs who died of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in December 2018.
Richard and Mike both worked as prison officers at HMP Hewell in Worcestershire before he became ill.
The dad-of-two, from Droitwich Spa, Worcs., said: “I came up with the idea after seeing everybody doing Movember but the wife won’t let me shave my moustache so I explained about this idea and the wife got her barbering tools out and helped shave it.
“I used hair chalk and my daughter’s arts and crafts kit to do all the decorations on the tree but having to wear white shirts I can’t have it showing.
“But I’ve still got it under the shirt, I am having to shave it every other day as believe it or not I’m really hairy.
“My son who is four, we told him that the elf on the shelf did it when I was asleep so he’s told all his teachers.
“My governor at work has even approved it as well and I’m getting donations from the staff.
“I don’t have a figure in mind it’s just anything that helps towards the charity even if it’s £50 every little helps.
“Mike was one of these people that if you ever got into a situation and needed to control and restrain, Mike would be one of these people that came into the room and just bring everybody’s temper down.
“He was so laid back and anywhere he went would light the room up. He was a one-of-a-kind bloke and 100 per cent genuine person.”