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Conway's close shave...

The Scottish winger swapped a ball and shinpads for the clippers and scissors at Form Barbershop in Clitheroe on Saturday afternoon

23 April 2019

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Craig Conway turned from footballer to barber in the sunshine at the weekend as he cut the hair of five Rovers fans, all for a terrific cause.

Conway's the player ambassador for East Lancashire Hospice, and swapped a ball and shinpads for the clippers and scissors at Form Barbershop in Clitheroe on Saturday afternoon.

The Scottish winger, who is also qualified as a barber, was on hand to prove he was a cut above the rest as he trimmed the hair of a quintet of Rovers supporters to raise money for the charity.

The five top bidders for the prize were in the chair, and trusted Conway to come up trumps with a new style - thankfully, they were all impressed with the job!

Ellis Heaton was Conway's first trim of the day, and travelled all the way from Reading for the cut, and said it was a great experience to meet the midfielder.

"I told my mum on the morning that I was popping out for a haircut at 7am!" he said with a grin.

"It's for a great cause though and I'm always happy to help out.

"I couldn't miss out on the opportunity, and to come from such a long way, it was great to meet some of the players. Overall, I think Craig's done a great job on the cut."

Jennifer Quinn, the Corporate Fundraiser for East Lancashire Hospice, was thrilled to have the Scot involved in such a fantastic initiative, with plenty of money raised from the five haircuts and the raffle, which took place later on in the day.

Signed memorabilia from the likes of Danny Graham and Bradley Dack was on offer, amongst a number of other exciting prizes.

"We're really thrilled that Craig chose wanted to be our ambassador and he's been a real asset for us, visiting the Hospice, meeting the staff and the patients, and also taking time out to put on an event like this," she said.

"We need to raise £3.7m a year to keep our doors open, so anything we can do to keep our profile high is so important for us.

"With both Craig's and Rovers' involvement really helps us keep our visibility in the community."

And speaking afterwards, Conway was only too pleased to sharpen up his skills on the Rovers supporters, although admitted he did feel the jitters at first.

"It's about four or five years since I last cut someone's hair," the 33-year-old admitted.

"I remember when I first came to Rovers that I cut the hair of Ben Marshall, Matt Kilgallon and David Dunn, but I've done nothing since.

"For the first haircut, the lad didn't really help me out as he'd come a long way up for the cut and had been sleeping, so there was a bit of bed hair to deal with! Hopefully he's happy with his cut!

"I didn't have any nerves about doing the haircuts. It's a bit like riding a bike in that you do know what you're doing, but it just takes time to get used to using the equipment again.

"I certainly enjoyed doing. It shows the support that's their from the bidders, raising money for a fantastic cause. It's a bit of a risk for them, because they don't know whether I'm any good or not!

"It was a great turnout and it was good to see a few of the lads come down to offer that support as well.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the day."

To donate to Craig's GoFundMe page, please click here.

To find out more about East Lancashire Hospice, please click here.

To view the website of Form Barbershop, please click here.

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