South Yorkshire’s Movember charity men

Carl Thompson
Carl Thompson

MOVE aside Tom Selleck – here are some real men sporting money-raising moustaches.

This hirsute line up have sprouted fresh facial growth – from the Mexican style to a Walrus – as part of the Movember men’s health campaign.

Hair there yesterday will have gone today, but efforts to avoid the razor across the county have collected thousands of pounds for good causes.

Gleadless grandad Keith Twelvetrees, who has prostate cancer, and son-in-law Carl Thompson collected more than £1,400 – including an anonymous £1,000 donation – for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia in Sheffield.

The cause is close to their hearts as Carl’s daughter Ellie, aged 10, is battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mum Lindsey Thompson, of Jordanthorpe, said: “As Movember is nationwide they decided to raise money for PACT instead, as it has been a fantastic support and is only a small charity.

“This was very brave of my dad because he is going through prostate cancer himself.

“I love them both very much and am so proud of what they’re doing to support Ellie and all the other families going through this.”

Movember raises money and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Scores of Doncaster men took on the challenge including teams from sanitaryware manufacturer Wirquin, Doncaster Leisure Trust and The Star in the town.

A Movember Extravaganza in Bawtry last Thursday celebrated the campaign, which staff from the Crown Hotel and Bawtry Fitness Studios joined, and also awarded a prize for the finest display of follicles.

It was a family affair for Mick Gould – who enjoyed the ’tache challenge with his daughter’s boyfriend, Gareth Clayton, and Gareth’s dad, Neil.

The trio raised about £500 – and Neil even dyed his red for the final week.

Mick, 47, of Herringthorpe, Rotherham, said: “I used to have a moustache in about 1987. It’s in my wedding photograph, but not to this extent.

“It’s coming off because I’m going away with the wife and she’s not too keen on it.

“I’ve enjoyed it and it’s great when you go into a shop and walk past somebody else with a moustache for Movember – they always give you a little nod.”

Town Hall meetings in Sheffield have also had a 1970s flavour as councillors and officers grew nose-ticklers.

Cabinet members Leigh Bramall, Jack Scott, Harry Harpham and Mazher Iqbal were among those itching for a close shave yesterday.

Coun Bramall, who had raised £135 with more to come, said: “I’ve grown a crazy moustache and given a lot of people a good giggle, but it’s all been worth it if it raises money for this fantastic cause.

“Well done to everyone who took part.”

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