Monkey tail beard in dad’s memory

Gardener, Zak Adam, with the monkey tail beard he grew for Movember
Gardener, Zak Adam, with the monkey tail beard he grew for Movember

Gardener Zak Adam joined the Movember movement by trimming his overgrown facial hair into a monkey tail beard.

The 26 year old from North Luffenham said he did it in memory of his dad Brian, a prison officer at Stocken, in Rutland, who died in 2007 at the age of 60 from a brain and lung cancer.

Gardener, Zak Adam, with the monkey tail beard he grew for Movember

Gardener, Zak Adam, with the monkey tail beard he grew for Movember

The Movember movement encourages men to grow their facial hair and raise money for the charity to help ‘change the face of men’s health’.

Zak, who is self employed and works at Barnsdale Gardens three days a week, said: “I had masses of facial and head hair and to get it all cut off was quite a big thing.

“On October 31, 2007, my father died of cancer and I felt it was time to start helping in some way. Growing a moustache seemed like a fun way of doing it.

“I’ve also grown a monkey tail. But a monkey tail is no good if you haven’t got a monkey to go with it. So I had the shape done on my scalp.”

The honours were done by Brady Rix at Stamford hairdressers Melvin Patrick who cut Zak’s hair all month for free because it was for charity.

Zak has raised £190 but is hoping to raised a lot more. Donations can be made via Zak socks Adam Facebook page or by visiting movember.com website and searching for rutmo.