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Dad of Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo cooks up charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:14 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 26 September 2018

Last year's GBBO winner Sophie Faldo whose father Paul will be having his hair and moustache shaved in aid of MacMillan. Picture: PA/Channel 4

Last year's GBBO winner Sophie Faldo whose father Paul will be having his hair and moustache shaved in aid of MacMillan. Picture: PA/Channel 4

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Soldier turned stuntwoman Sophie Faldo whisked, baked and drizzled her way to be crowned Great British Bake Off champion, now her father is set to cook up his own challenge.

Paul Faldo will be having his hair and moustache shaved in aid of MacMillan after a pub bet. Picture: Jan ThackerPaul Faldo will be having his hair and moustache shaved in aid of MacMillan after a pub bet. Picture: Jan Thacker

Paul Faldo, who lives in Hoxne, near Diss, has volunteered to have his trademark long locks shaved off and his chest waxed in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support — and he will also be kissing goodbye to the moustache he has sported for 50 years.

The fundraising challenge is the result of pub bet at his favourite local The Ivy House in Stradbroke. He will undergo his radical change of looks at the pub on October 27 with fellow regular Jan Thacker wielding the clippers.

She said: “He said as long as we could raise £1,000 for Macmillan he would do it. It’s very brave of him but it’s a cause that is close to his heart as he lost his mother to cancer.

Sophie Faldo was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2017. Picture: PA/Channel 4Sophie Faldo was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2017. Picture: PA/Channel 4

“As long as I’ve known him he has had the same look with the long hair and moustache. He is very recognisable, but I think he might need a woolly hat after this.”

Mr Faldo said: “It came up in discussion in the pub and in a flash I thought ‘actually I’ll do that’. Anything to help Macmillan because they are brilliant.

“My mother was a theatre sister during the wartime, a very ferocious authoritarian position so she was not exactly forthcoming with praise for a lot of things, but she was absolutely full of praise for Macmillan. They could not do enough for her.”

The Great British Bake Off 2017 winner Sophie Faldo with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. Photo: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off 2017 winner Sophie Faldo with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. Photo: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4

His daughter, a former Royal Artillery officer, who grew up in Birdbrook, near Haverhill, and attended Ipswich High School, was crowned winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off. She now lives in Surrey and her victory on the show led to two internships at Michelin-starred restaurants – as well as training to be a stuntwoman.

Mr Faldo said: “She said that she might be able to pop up to witness it. She has been really busy with the start of the new series of Great British Bake Off.”

Even if she doesn’t witness it in person the aftermath will be the first time she has ever seen her father without his moustache.

He said: “I had an accident playing hockey and I got my upper lip smashed and lost a couple of teeth. It meant I couldn’t shave because I had stitches. That was when I was about 18 or 19, 50 years ago, and the moustache has been with me ever since.”

To support Mr Faldo’s challenge visit bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/paul-faldo

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