HUDDERSFIELD fairly bristled with charity fervour.
Hundreds of men – and a few women – showed more than a stiff upper lip.
They had been taking part in Movember – the annual men’s cancer appeal which encourages people to grow moustaches in November to raise awareness of the need for health checks.
Theatre staff including anaesthetists at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary took up the challenge thrown down by surgical registrar Amiz Forouzanfar and grew moustaches.
Colleague Dr Phil Atkinson said: “We were pleased to be able to back this important campaign to raise men’s health awareness”.
Their efforts raised more than £500 for cancer charities.
Pupils at Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School were left speechless when their female teachers arrived for lessons sporting moustaches.
The women decided to show support for male members of staff who have been growing moustaches throughout November by sticking on fake moustaches and making a donation to the charity appeal on the last day of the fundraising stunt.
A spokeswoman for the school said: “We have about 40 men and women all wearing moustaches. The children were a little bemused this morning and it certainly made for an interesting morning assembly”.
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About 20 workers at Bolster Moor Farm Shop grew moustaches throughout November to raise about £500 for the charity.
Women colleagues joined the fun by wearing fake moustaches as they served customers at the Golcar store.
But shop founder Simon Haigh said: “I cannot wait to get rid of mine! I’ve never had a moustache before and I won’t be growing one again after I’ve shaved this off!
“However, it’s been good for morale and the customers have had a laugh. It’s all for a good cause because cancer touches everyone in some way.”
Man of Movember Jayesh Patel, an English teacher at Rastrick High School and Sixth Form College, rallied 18 colleagues to back Movember.
Jayesh said: “We did it last year and a bit like how Movember started, it was a bet and it grew from there into a fundraiser.
“We had 18 members of staff taking part and yesterday was Wear a Moustache Day in school so the female teachers and pupils could wear a fake moustache and get involved.
“We raised around £400 for the charity.
“I’ve developed a penchant for my moustache so will keep it a bit longer, but everyone else has said theirs are getting itchy and they can’t wait to shave it off.”
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney was another Movember man, along with friends from a Honley pub.
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All this week people have sent in snaps of their newly furry top lips via our website www.examiner.co.uk
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