Could you help the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have a Hairy Merry Christmas?

This December Islanders are being urged to ditch the razors for a month, and grow a glorious beard or tash for cash.

Women are asked to join the fun and raise some money by getting creative with make-up or wearing a fake beard for a day, in return for a £2 donation to HIOWAA.

While children can take part by getting crafty and making their own beards from paper, cardboard or cotton wool. The really adventurous can get messy and make a beard from shaving foam, squirty cream or spaghetti and clean it off with a bath-time bubble beard.

HIOWAA Director of Fundraising, Rachel Leaman, said:

“The aim of Hairy 4 HIOWAA is simple; we want supporters to have some festive fun whilst helping to raise vital funds to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. We don’t stop for Christmas and New Year.

“Our doctors, paramedics and pilots will be here every day, ready to respond to emergencies across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. But we can only continue to do this with the support of our community. It’s your donations that help to provide our life-saving service, 365 days a year.”

Show off your festive faces by sharing photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag#Hairy4HIOWAA.

Read more and find fundraising packs here