Philip Moss left work a little bit lighter on Wednesday, after a visit from the barber.
Philip is the Store Manager of the Iceland store in Portadown, and stepped up to the plate this year for Iceland’s annual charity week.
“We run fundraisers each year for the annual Iceland charity event,” shared Philip. “This year, I thought it might be a good idea to have my head shaved bald!”
Over the last eight years the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation has donated an incredible £8,737,074 to charities, with the aim of ‘making life better for people - national and local’.
This year, Iceland’s charity week is focussing on improving the wellbeing of children, and are supporting three charities: Children’s Food Trust, which teaches children in foster care and residential homes the importance of nutrition and cooking skills; NYAS, which provides a safety net for young people by offering specialist legal advice and assistance; and When You Wish Upon A Star, which funds breaks for families with children who have life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
Philip’s big shave took place in store on Wednesday afternoon, with a host of supporters ranging from loyal customers, friends - and members of his congregation!
“As well as being the Store Manager at Iceland, I’m the Bishop at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Philip shared.
Philip was called as Bishop to the church last August, and has managed to balance his commitment to both his customers and congregation.
“My position at the church is voluntary, so I have a commitment to both roles - which keeps me busy,” he said. “Family, friends and some of the staff at Iceland came in especially to support the event on Wednesday, which was great. It went well - now I’m just getting used to looking a little different!”
Wednesday’s big shave pulled in donations of £75 in store, but Iceland’s charity week doesn’t officially begin until Friday - and Philip expects to raise even more with the help of some international links.
“I’m hoping to get some donations from my family in New Zealand,” Philip said, “and friends in America, too.”
Philip has already raised £140 on his Just Giving page, which you can donate to by visiting: www.justgiving.com/KIWIMOSS2015