SUN FM’s breakfast show presenter said goodbye to his facial hair as Movember came to an end.
Simon Grundy joined thousands of men around the world, who have sprouted some questionable facial hair to raise awareness and money for men’s health, particularly prostate cancer.
“A lot of blokes are increasingly doing it,” said the 42-year-old, from Roker.
“I think it is the right thing to do. It seems there is more awareness this year. It’s gained momentum.”
Despite some discomfort, Simon kept his new facial addition for the full month.
“Some people have quit, but I kept it despite itching to get it off,” he said.
The cause has special meaning to Simon, whose father was diagnosed with prostate cancer aged 49 and died 10 years later of the disease.
Simon said: “When I was a child growing up, it was a bit of a family joke that my dad used to get up loads during the night to use the toilet.
“Years later he went to the doctor about something else and was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“Him having to use the toilet so often had been one of the symptoms.
“After that he told me and my brother not to ever ignore these symptoms.”
Simon decided to put his well-known voice to good practice and get behind the cause.
“If I can reach just one person and just raising awareness is the most important thing for me.
“I have an audience of 80,000 people, and hopefully I will have reached a few of them and encouraged them not to ignore any prostate cancer symptoms.”
The Echo’s Deputy Editor, Richard Ord, was another who grew a hairy upper lip for Movember.
He said: “It’s nice to do something that doesn’t involve any psychotic exercise or walking over hot coals.
“It’s quite an easy way to show your support for men’s health issues.
“The main point is to raise awareness for the whole thing and encourage people to find out more about it.”
He added: “The kids love it and didn’t want me to shave it off, but I think for the sake of my marriage I had to get rid of it.”
Adding to the Movember movement were staff from Cestria Community Housing, in Chester-le-Street.
Forty-four took part to see who could grow the biggest moustache, hoping to raise more than £3,000 for men’s health charities.
The winners of the were Mark Taylor in first, Peter Osgood second, with Darrin Lewis and Grahame Wilcox joint third.
Adding to the fund-raising were five employees from Stagecoach North East.
Bus drivers Peter Dawson and Chris Marner, driving instructor Ray Easom, service development officer David Parker and bus driver and post test trainer Steve Hamilton, threw away their razors for the month.
“I’m just proud to have taken part and raised money for a great charity,” said Peter, from Sunderland.
“Next year we hope to get even more members of staff involved.”