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North Lynn veteran’s charity efforts make the cut

Peter Brannan has his head shaved to raise money for the Bridge for Heroes. Cameron McKenzie of McKenzies Traditional Barbers shaves off Peter's hair.

Peter Brannan has his head shaved to raise money for the Bridge for Heroes. Cameron McKenzie of McKenzies Traditional Barbers shaves off Peter's hair.

A North Lynn man braved the shave and raised more than £500 in aid of the Lynn armed forces charity that has helped him come to terms with his own experiences of serving in Second World War.

Peter Brannan, 72, found solace in Bridge for Heroes personal circumstances became too much for him to handle and chose to have his hair and beard shaved off in support of the charity.

He said: “The last 12 months have been nothing but awful for me but I think that maybe that was what pushed me to do this so that some good would come out of it.

“I had nothing left to care about. I lost most of my family and everything went to bits. I didn’t know where to turn until someone suggested I try the charity.”

Bridge for Heroes, which is based in South Clough Lane, Lynn, works to support injured soldiers and to help those suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Mr Brannan served with the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery between 1959 and 1961, but was forced to leave after a family crisis caused him to have a nervous breakdown.

He struggled for several years without the right support until he discovered the work of Bridge for Heroes.

Mr Brannan said: “I can speak from experience when I say the work they do is important. I’d had enough and if it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t be here.

“I wanted to do something to thank them for all they have done for me.”

After braving the clippers at McKenzies Traditional Barber’s in Broad Street, he said: “It took longer than I expected, about an hour and he had to shave it twice!

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on to keep warm but I’ve nearly got my beard coming back already.

Mr Brannan was thrilled to have raised £500 in donations, but still has more donations yet to come.

“I’m very pleased about it, especially on my own. It feels good to do a fundraiser, I’ve had my heart set on it and now I’ve done it! Bridge for Heroes were over the moon.”

“It just shows you what you can do when you put your mind to it. I’m just an old man by himself but I managed to raise this much. I’m going to try and do another fundraiser, perhaps something to do with Speedway.”

Mike Taylor, founder of Bridge for Heroes, said: “It was an outstanding thing to do, especially for a man of his age. This is just the start of what is going to be a very good year for Bridge for Heroes.

“It’s really nice that someone who gets our help to give back so others can do the same.

“Peter came in last week an I actually think he looks younger. He said at least he doesn’t have to worry about his hair now.”

 

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