IT might have taken years of perfected preening, but Bijumen Joseph is gearing up to shave off his moustache.
Bijumen has had his tash for as long as he can remember, but the care home department manager has agreed to rid himself of his facial hair to raise money for the dementia patients he cares for.
The 39-year-old, who works at Falstone Court and Manor Care Home, in Roker, went above and beyond the call of duty when he agreed to take part in the sponsored shave.
He said: “I wanted to do something different to raise money as everyone does runs and walks so I decided to get rid of my moustache.
“I’ve had it since I was young and I like it a lot, so it will be a hard thing to do, but it’s for a good cause so will be worth it.
“When I got married I had it and my wife is used to it now, but she’s always encouraging me to do something good, so she’s happy.”
On August 15, Bijumen will go ahead with his challenge.
Residents in the home and their relatives have already been sponsoring him to do the deed, which will raise money to help improve facilities available in the dementia unit.
To date, more than £500 has been raised in donations.
“Everybody thinks its a good idea because it’s something different,” he said.
“I’ve been working here for a long time and know the residents well, so it’s nice to do something good for them.
“Everyone has been so kind and the residents’ families have been happy to help.
“When I first mentioned the idea, our quality assurance manager Margaret Roe gave me my first donation of £50.”
Bijumen has already played an integral role in boosting the quality of life of residents in the unit.
In 2010, he helped pensioners suffering from dementia take a step back in time when he introduced a traditional sweet shop with sweets such as humbugs, kola kubes and sugar mice being offered for free.
The move helped to get patients eating as well as helping to evoke childhood memories.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Bijumen can contact Falstone Court Care Home on 549 6699.