It’s ‘tache-tastic for men of Calderdale

Ready: Amy Carver at Zeitgeist Hair giving Owen O'Sullivan a wet shave at the start of Movember, charity moustache month
Ready: Amy Carver at Zeitgeist Hair giving Owen O'Sullivan a wet shave at the start of Movember, charity moustache month

MEN across Calderdale are banishing their razors for a month as they grow moustaches – all for charity.

Among those taking part are 16 members of the A&E team at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

November has been renamed as men across the country stop shaving and grow moustaches in solidarity.

It is a worldwide campaign to promote awareness about men’s health issues particularly about prostate and testicular cancer.

Consultant Andy Lockey said: “As a team our male staff thought it would be a great effort for a good cause and share some fun along the way. It may well get very competitive towards the end of the month though.”

“There is a serious campaign behind the fun and that is to improve awareness about men’s health.”

Members of Halifax Round Table are also taking part. They had their last full shave for a month before letting their ‘tasches do the talking.

Chairman Mark Robinson said: “Raising money for Movember seemed a natural choice, tying in with Round Table and we are pleased to be doing what we can for a worthy cause. We are planning a fund raising party in early December to celebrate the end of our efforts with a “shavathon” and look forward to announcing further details soon.”

Hebden Bridge hairdressers Zeitgeist Hair Salon on Carlton Street, Hebden Bridge have recruited 10 members to sign up to the scheme.

Amy Carver will prep and preen the men on the final day at the end of the month.

They were all invited for a full wet shave to kickstart their efforts and can go back at the end to make sure their ‘tasche looks top notch.

“The campaign is about raising awareness of some common diseases, particularly male cancers, and with our expertise in men’s grooming we felt we could really help. The November moustache is becoming a worldwide symbol and we wanted Hebden Bridge to be part of it,” said Amy.

Councillors have also got involved, their team are called “Bare Faced Cheek”.

Calderdale councillors John Beacroft-Mitchell (Lib Dem, Luddendenfoot) Roger Taylor (Con, Northowram) and Keith Hutson (Lib Dem, Warley) will be joined by Hebden Royd councilors James Baker and Wesley Downs are also keeping their faces warmer for the next month.

Coun John Beacroft-Mitchell said: “One man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK each year, more than 2,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year and many more families and friends are effected. There are people in our team who have never dreamed of sprouting facial fuzz before and equally one councillor has had a beard since he was 18 years-old.”

To sponsor any of the men visit www.uk.movember.com.