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Irnham pub landlord strives to become Santa Claus

Chris Overend hopes to transform into Santa by December 2013. He is with challengers John Treece, Ken Brown, Andrew Brown and Richard Roach.

Chris Overend hopes to transform into Santa by December 2013. He is with challengers John Treece, Ken Brown, Andrew Brown and Richard Roach.

This time next year this pub landlord hopes to have transformed himself into a real life Father Christmas to raise money for two charities.

Chris Overend, of the Griffin Inn, in Irnham, plans to shave off all of the hair on his head in the new year and then let it grow up until December 2013.

He said: “With my portly form and jovial attitude I want to have changed to be a proper Santa.”

Once the transformation is complete Chris, who says he will do everything apart from change his surname to Cringle, will offer his services to anyone in community for a small fee.

The money raised will be split between the Stroke Association and Cancer Research UK. Both causes are close to Chris’ heart as he lost his father to cancer and his friend recently suffered a stroke.

Chris also plans to collect presents which he will distribute to children in hospital, and others needing a treat.

He started practising his beard in November when some of his customers set the challenge as a joke.

He said: “It’s been alright. If it wasn’t I would be a very grumpy and Santa can’t be grumpy.

“I’m going to suffer if we have a hot summer but hopefully not as much as the boys’ wallets will. I’m looking forward to becoming Santa.”

To sponsor Chris call: 01476 550201.

 

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