Officers’ Mo-vellous effort

HAIR-RAISING: PC Neil Gothard, PCSO Steve Dye, PC Dave Wardle and PC Mick Deakin from Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team at the end of their Movember campaign.
HAIR-RAISING: PC Neil Gothard, PCSO Steve Dye, PC Dave Wardle and PC Mick Deakin from Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team at the end of their Movember campaign.

MO-TIVATED officers appeared to go undercover last month after growing large moustaches to take part in a campaign raising awareness of men’s health issues.

Six volunteers from Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) joined the national Movember campaign, which challenged men to grow creative moustaches during November to raise funds for health charities.

The officers raised £305 for Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

The team of growers – PC Steve Rockett, PC Mick Deakin, PC Chris Hall, PC Neil Gothard, PC Dave Wardle and PCSO Steve Dye – had their prize facial hair shaved off on Friday at Top Cuts barbers in Pontefract to mark the end of the campaign.

PC Rockett said: “This was seen by the team as a great opportunity to raise both funds and awareness for men’s health charities, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

“A lot has been done in recent years to change habits and attitudes relating to men’s health but there is still very much to be done to catch up to the women’s health movement.”

Sgt Dan Tillett of Pontefract and Knottingley NPT, said: “The team really got in the spirit of the campaign and sported some rather humorous facial hair.

“Statistics show that a man’s life expectancy is shorter than that of a female, and that men are often embarrassed to discuss health problems or seek medical help. This campaign aims to change this.

“A big thank you to Top Cuts Barbers for their services.”