CALLING somebody two-faced is usually an insult – but for Ronnie Fox it was a fair description.
That is because for much of the festive season the dad-of-two looked like someone with a split personality.
If you caught sight of him from the right, you saw a man with a big bushy beard.
But from the other side, the 47-year-old was completely clean-shaven.
Ronnie had grew the massive beard since February in a bid to raise cash for two causes close to his heart.
He got the first half shaved off on Boxing Day and kept the unusual look until New Year’s Eve.
He returned to Shotton Turkish Barbers in Shotton Colliery to get the second half sheared off to start the new year looking like his old self.
Ronnie decided to shave off his beard in two stages as he is raising money for two good causes. They are Macmillan Cancer Support and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.
His itchy efforts have raised more than £1,300 so far with more set to continue.
Ronnie, who has supported Macmillan Cancer Support in the past, said: “I’m just amazed at the generosity of people, it has been absolutely astounding.
“I’ve never had my photograph taken so many times in my life. This has been bigger than I ever expected.
“I have raised just over £1,300 at the moment and there are still sponsor forms to come in and my Virgin Money Giving webpage is still open.”
Ronnie, an insulation quality manager from Peterlee, had been likened to everyone from Brian Blessed to Hagrid from the Harry Potter films.
He joked that he could have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa quicker than the time it has taken to grow his beard.
But he said: “I loved the way it looks and I’m helping two good causes which is fantastic.”
And shaving it off means that his baby grandson will finally get to see the real Ronnie for the first time.
Ronnie plans to present the money he raised to representatives from both charities in the not too distant future.
You can still donate by visiting the Virgin Money Giving website and typing in Ronnie’s name.