Richie “wokko” Watkiss from Bewdley has had his very long beard dyed red by Dominique Francois-Smith of Studio Salon in Kidderminster who is also a close family friend. Richie is raising money for KEMP Hospice by having his beard waxed all off at the Great Western pub with the help of Chloe Caswell of Bewdley on the anniversary of his daughter’s death on 20th December. Sadly Richie lost his beautiful 25 year old daughter, Nicola Louise Watkiss, to an asthma attack on 20th December in 2008. Since then he has been a continued supporter of KEMP Hospice by taking part in a whole host of fundraising events such as a 24-hour darts and 24-hour pool marathon. Richie’s other daughter Lauren Watkiss was 7 when her sister died and was helped by Noahs Ark until they had to close, thankfully KEMP Hospice was there to step in and continue supporting Lauren after the sad loss of her sister. Richie said: “It is a pleasure to be fundraising for KEMP Children’s appeal; they do fantastic work with the money going towards a fantastic cause.” Richie has a great network of support from local businesses in Bewdley and around Kidderminster, and to date has already raised in excess of £1,000.00. Hosted by Darren Payton at the Great Western public house, bands will be playing live throughout the fundraising evening. Raffle tickets will be sold and wax strips will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will then help to wax Richie’s beard. If you would like to help Richie raise funds for KEMP, please visit the following local businesses to make a donation: Talbot, Weatherspoons (George Hotel), HR’s, Angel, Merchants Fish Bar, Great Western, Waggon & Horses and Wribbenhall Social Club in Bewdley. Other places are Cue & Brew, Red Man, Boars Head, B’Jou Hair & Beauty in Kidderminster, Talbot Heath Hayes Cannock and Bushby in Wolverhampton.