Bringing a splash of colour to Rotherham charity

Bringing a splash of colour to Rotherham charity

By Gareth Dennison | 12/10/2020

Bringing a splash of colour to Rotherham charity


“BEARDED Villains” had all colours of the rainbow running through their impressive facial hair after taking on Bluebell Wood’s Colour Throw.

The Lake District chapter of the group — a global community organisation of hirsute men dedicated to charity and kindness — has supported the children’s hospice over the past couple of years.

They also raised £1,000 through the sale of 99 limited edition patches in the North Anston charity’s trademark colours.

Dad-of-three Matt Doe, who joined the Villains in 2015 after winning a beard-growing bet with his brothers, said the Colour Throw had been a blast.

“It was great fun and such a good laugh,” said Matt (37). “By the end we had a small group watching us, all socially distanced, and they found it hilarious.

“We were chasing around all over the place and we let the kids annihilate us so they loved it.”

The 33-strong Villains picked Bluebell Wood as a chosen charity at the suggestion of several of their members.

“A few of the lads have either direct or indirect experience of Bluebell Wood and after they explained the charity’s life-changing work, it was a no-brainer,” said Matt.

“We’ve supported many charities over the past few years and it’s a fundamental part of what we do.

“The Bearded Villains is, in normal times, about meeting up and having a laugh. But as part of that we’re always looking for ways to help others and it really helps bring us together.”

The patch idea came after the chapter was unable to deliver art and craft materials — as it had done last year — because of the pandemic.

Matt said: “Patches are really popular in the Bearded Villains community, almost like Pokemon cards, and the ones we made went down a storm and sold out in no time at all.”

The Colour Throw, encouraging supporters to chuck the special paints at home, school or work, replaced the Colour Dash this year.


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