Raising cash from a ′tache

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Water workers are preparing to take off the moustaches they have grown for an annual men’s health appeal.

MEDIA INVITE: Reporters and photographers are invited to see Northumbrian Water workers shave off their Movember moustaches at 10.30am tomorrow (Friday November 30 2012). Please report to Reception, Northumbrian Water, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5FJ. Parking is available on site. Click here to confirm your attendance.


Image of some of the ‘Mo Bros’ from Northumbrian Water before tomorrow’s shave-a-thon: Back row: Steve Smith (Newcastle), Chris Brown (Newcastle), Dave Anderson (Chester le Street) and Dave Gwynn of County Durham. Front row: Andy Longley (South Shields), Andy Dunning (Sunderland) and Mike Paul of Cleadon.

More than fifty men from Northumbrian Water are sporting facial fur this month to raise vital funds for Movember, the campaign that encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of mens’ health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

To mark the end of Movember, the men are holding a shave-a-thon at the water company’s head office at Pity Me, Durham tomorrow (November 30), where trainee barbers from New College Durham will practise their cut throat shave in return for a £5 donation to the cause.

The team have already raised more than £500 so far through sponsorship and fundraising activity, including a “pie and a pint” event, and hope to smash last year’s total of £1,000 by the end of the week.

Application support analyst, Steve Smith from Newcastle upon Tyne (pictured top left), who is based at the water company’s head office at Pity Me, Durham, said “It didn’t take us long to decide to sign up as we love a good team challenge and we’ve been comparing moustaches every day!

“A few of us have more personal reasons for supporting Movember but we all feel it’s important to raise awareness of mens’ health and raise funds for vital research at the same time.”

Around 355,000 people have signed up to the Movember appeal in the UK this year, and over £9.8m has been raised so far. Much of the money will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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