Long arm of the law takes on close shave of the chin

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Dick Holmes, before his shave, with Harvey Phillips and his family
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Dick Holmes, before his shave, with Harvey Phillips and his family

There’s not a hair left on the chinny, chin, chin of Lincolnshire Police’s Dick Holmes after he had his beard shaved for a good cause.

The press office manager from Welton had grown his impressive facial hair since last October before having it removed last Wednesday, April 1.

In the process, he raised more than £2,500, which will go towards paying for new prosthetic limbs for a young Lincolnshire boy.

Harvey Phillips, now aged nine, contracted meningitis when he was just nine-months-old. Septiceamia complicated his condition and doctors were left with no choice but to amputate his legs below the knee and one of his arms above the elbow.

Today, Harvey, who lives in Louth with his mum Lisa, dad Darren and sister Kayla, enjoys an active life and even plays football for his local club.

But as he grows, the family must look at purchasing new prosthetics for him - at a cost of £12,000-£15,000, which is why fundraising, like Dick’s, is so vital.

He said: “Every 18 months or so Harvey grows out of his blades and it costs a tremendous amount for a new set.

“The last couple of years Lincolnshire Police have been raising funds for Harvey, three officers not so long ago ran from Louth Police Station to the Nettleham HQ.”

Dick has had a kept beard for a number of years, but by the time the big cut came around he said it was three inches long in places.

He said he had had a lot of support from members at Market Rasen Golf Club, where he is a past captain, from the Horncastle Branch of the NFU, the young farmers, of which he was a member for many years.

He also said the fundraising would not have been possible without the overwhelming support and generosity of officers and staff at police stations across Lincolnshire.

He added: “My chin’s a little chilly now I’ve had it cut, although I think my wife Bridget is pleased to see the back of it - she was not a fan.

“There were quite a lot of people, 20 per cent maybe, who thought it suited me - others thought it made me look rather older than my years.

“I enjoyed it and had a bit of banter about it.”

Used to dealing with police cuts of a different kind, the first chop of Dick’s beard was made by Chief Constable Neil Rhodes with a pair of garden shears.

When these proved a little too cumbersome for the job in hand an electric razor finished the task.

Dick added: “I think we have already raised £2,500 but there may be some more money still to come in. I’m hoping with a bit of luck and a further push we may make £3,000.

People can still contribute to Dick’s fundraising and Harvey’s Trust Fund by sending money to Lincolnshire Police’s Headquarters in Nettleham C/O Dick Holmes.

To find out more about Harvey and his Trust Fund visit his website - www.fortheloveofharvey.co.uk