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Countdown to ‘Shave of Thrones’ for Cancer Focus NI

23 November 2018

Armagh Translink bus driver Liam Conlon will meet a hairy end when he shaves off his bushy beard for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (tomorrow) Saturday 24th November.

The hirsute Games of Thrones extra is preparing for a chilly future to help raise much-needed cash for the local cancer charity.

The close shave will take place at a Family Fun Day at Armagh Bus Station which starts at 11am with a coffee morning, face painting and children’s activities. Liam will face the snip at 2.30pm sharp as part of Georgian Day festivities in the city. 

Cancer Focus NI is Translink’s official charity partner and the shave off is only one of many fantastic fun events being organised by their staff during the year.

Translink Ulsterbus driver Liam Conlon said:
“I am delighted to be supporting Translink’s charity partner, Cancer Focus in this way.  Cancer has affected almost every family at some point.  My own late mother suffered from it twice in the form of breast cancer.  I just want to raise awareness and do my bit.  The beard will be missed but it will be worth losing it to help those in need.  Please give what you can to this great cause”

Louise Greer, Corporate Fundraising Officer, Cancer Focus NI, said:
“We are so grateful that Liam has chosen to shave his eight inch beard off for Cancer Focus NI. We know Liam is very attached to his whiskers and they have seen him through many a hair-raising adventure on screen. But now he is prepared to fall on his sword and go into the future bare-faced – all to help local cancer patients and their families. 

“The Family Fun Day will be a great opportunity for Liam, his colleagues and the general public to get involved and raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Cancer now affects one in two people and over 13,000 cancer diagnoses are made in Northern Ireland every year. Cancer Focus NI is the leading local cancer charity committed to tackling cancer by supporting cancer research, providing services for cancer patients and their families and by advising people how to reduce their risk of the disease.

Louise added: “All Cancer Focus NI services are provided free of charge for cancer patients and their families but we do need public support to help raise the necessary funds to continue our valuable work.  So, we would like to say a huge thank you to Liam, the money you raise will make a real difference!”

To donate to Liam’s Shave of Thrones please visit

If you are worried about cancer please contact the charity’s free NurseLine on 0800 783 3339. 



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