With many farmers missing the regular trip to the hairdressers due to Covid-19 lockdown, a new scheme has been devised to solve the problem and raise money for charity at the same time.
Anne Davies, director of communications company Scene & Herd and the OnFARM podcas, has launched the ‘Shear Isolation Lockdown Haircut Challenge’ to raise money for RSABI, the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and the Trussell Trust.
Ms Davies said: “Simply use scissors, clippers, shears or whatever to shave that hair, trim your fringe, tidy up the kids’ hair, get rid of that beard or clip your pets.
"Video the process, post to social media using the hashtag #shearisolation, nominate three friends to do the same and then donate a minimum of £3 to one of the three charities on the Just Giving link below.”
Her husband, NFU Scotland combinable crops chairman Willie Thomson, bravely volunteered to be the first victim.
Ms Davies added: “The video is now online (link below), and we encourage people all over Scotland to get involved too.
“There is no need to wait to be nominated – start your own chain and get shearing now. You can be as inventive as you like.
"Remember to make a charity donation and to use the hashtag #shearisolation whenever you post to social media.
“All three of these charities are playing a key part during lockdown – RHET have been providing amazing resources to help homeschooling parents, RSABI are continuing a range of support services, particularly with regard to isolation or financial hardship and The Trussell Trust are providing food banks nationwide."
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/team/shearisolation2