Moustache to get the chop for charity

Chris Hartley has raised around �200 during the testicular and prostate cancer campaign Movember.
Chris Hartley has raised around �200 during the testicular and prostate cancer campaign Movember.
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MOTIVATED fundraiser Chris Hartley raised £200 for prostate and testicular cancer charities by growing and styling an enormous moustache.

Mr Hartley, of Dunderdale Crescent, Castleford, grew his facial feature as part of a national month-long campaign, called Movember.

Campaigners across the country were encouraged to gain sponsorship and draw attention to their ‘taches with varying styles and lengths to generate conversation that would bring up the topic of men’s health.

Mr Hartley, 34, an engineer at a firm in Leeds, said: “It was a brilliant thing to do and it’s a really good to raise awareness for charities which need to be promoted, but I am looking forward to shaving it off now, and so is my wife!”

Mr Hartley shaved off his moustache at midnight on Wednesday and took photos to send to all his sponsors.

He said: “It has been really funny walking around work with other people who were also involved in the campaign, we would give each other little nods of acknowledgement in the corridor.

“It is growing every single year and there has been so much support this year that I look forward to seeing bigger and better moustaches in the future.”

The campaign – which asked men to register on the Movember UK website with a clean shaven face at the beginning of November – had thousands of willing fundraisers join them for the 30-day challenge.

Mr Hartley added: “It is an usual way to raise funds but it seems to work.

“Even though I could not complete the challenge last year due to work commitments, I have done it this year and we had around 65 people from the company jump on board so it has been a great success.”