WEARSIDE bus drivers are today finally getting to shave their top lip hair off as a Movember challenge reaches the finish line.
At the beginning of last month, 19 male employees from Stagecoach’s Monkwearmouth bus depot threw away their razors and started growing their moustaches for the duration of the month.
The staff were taking part in the national Movember campaign in order to raise money for the Institute of Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer Research. To help boost the cumulative total and give the men an extra incentive, the bus company pledged £500 to start the campaign.
Since then, an additional £1,404 has been raised by North East depots, including over £500 by the Sunderland team alone.
Family and friends of the employees have also dug deep to donate to the “Mo bros”.
Mick Ross, 57 a revenue inspector from Sunderland who took part in the hairy event, said: “The Movember campaign is for a great cause and it’s always fun to do.
“My moustache wasn’t looking too bad by the end, and there was a good range of styles around the depot from everyone.
“I’m just proud to have taken part and raised money for a great charity.
“Next year we hope to get even more members of staff involved and raise even more money for the charity.”
Phil Medlicott, managing director at Stagecoach North East, who also took part in the challenge for the first time, added: “We were delighted to get behind the Movember team, which is growing every year.
“We always encourage and support those members of staff who want to give something back to the community and the Movember supporters are just one group of a large number in our team who raise money for both national and regional charities. It has also been great fun for the passengers and a personal challenge for the team and for me.”