A dad who normally keeps himself clean-shaven is growing an impressive year-long beard for his autistic son – because the lad finds them hilarious.
Kind-hearted Ben Shiell, 29, is halfway through his razor-avoiding quest to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
The dad-of-two, of Farnham, Surrey, has around four inches of growth, which his son, nine-year-old Noah, just can’t stop laughing at.
Ben, who works in a police call centre, said: “He finds beards quite funny, that’s why I wanted to do it, and it’s a good way to raise awareness.
“It’s a bit itchy at the moment and my wife’s not a great fan of it. But I will miss it a bit when it’s gone.
“It can be quite hard for Noah socially but I enjoy the fact he’s got his own character.”
Noah, who has a three-year-old brother called Dylan, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome two years ago.
Ben will shave off his impressive beard on April 2 next year, after World Autism Awareness Week has finished, to the relief of his 33-year-old wife Donna.
So far he has raised £400 of his £500 target, to donate, see Ben’s JustGiving page