Parafix employee Andy Haggis raised more than £450 by taking part in the moustache growing charity event Movember. His stylish efforts received a welcome boost when his boss offered to donate £100 if he dyed his new moustache Parafix blue before shaving it off, a challenge Andy happily accepted.
Andy, 42, a tooling coordinator at adhesive tape converting firm Parafix in Lancing, learned his father was suffering with prostate cancer during his month long charity effort. Movember helps raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer research.
He said: “It was while I was growing my moustache that my dad told me he had prostate cancer. He is fine and is having treatment but it spurred me on to raise as much money as possible.”
“Growing a moustache was a real challenge. Shaving round it and keeping it neat was hard work but it was worth it. My wife was glad to see it go!”
Mike Punter, Managing Director of Parafix, said: “We’re all so proud of Andy for growing such a moustache and raising so much for a cause that is particularly pertinent to him.”
Movember participants start growing a sponsored moustache on November 1 and then shave it off on the last day of November.
Funds raised as part of the Movember appeal in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.