WORKERS let their facial hair run wild to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
The 15-man strong bodyshop unit at Nissan’s Washington plant agreed to lock their razors up for the month-long Movember campaign, to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer charities.
“It’s for a worthy cause and by having a moustache it creates a talking point,” said zone manager Paul King.
“Generally people aren’t that good at growing them so it generates confidence and conversation between people, which also aids awareness and paints a picture of why we are growing them in the first place.
“We have raised about £400 for charity, and I’m sure there’s much more being raised across the company as well.”
Hull-born Paul, who now lives in Chester-le-Street, admitted growing the facial hair had not been easy.
“To be fair there was a bit of stick being given because mine for the first week was like a five-a-side, five hairs one side and five hairs the other.
“I’m thankful that as the month has progressed I’ve managed to bed one in, but I’m looking forward to Saturday to give my top lip a bit of fresh air.”
Paul, who has worked at Nissan for four-and-a-half years, added: “It’s generated quite a lot of morale between the lads. Some of them have actually gone to the extreme and dyed theirs pink, and there’s been loads of different styles too.
“Overall it’s been good for the zone, but obviously the main focus was raising the money and donating it for a worthy cause.”
Despite enjoying the experience, Paul admitted he can’t wait to get his razor back in use.
“I don’t think I’m going to keep it. It’s not going to do my chances any good when I’m out about on the town, so I think I’ll wait for another year before growing one again.”
Staff at Washington Components also took part in the ever-growing charity event, raising £350.
The engineering firm got a helping hand in the removal of the moustaches at Dacc’s Hairdressers, also in Washington.
Managing director Anthony Suterland said: “This is the second year we have participated and last year was a great success.
“From 18-year-olds to 65-year-olds, the variation in growth and colour has caused hilarity on the shop floor.
“Many thanks to the staff from Dacc’s who steadily worked through the hair removal.”
More than 50 members at Bruce’s Gym, in Seaham, grew moustaches during the month to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
So far they have collected more than £2,000, with donations still pouring in.