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Things get hairy as staff play their Movember part

GROWING ON YOU Lee Martin, Kev Watts, Lee Maloney, Rob Simmons, Bradley Smith and Jane Watts from Cash Converters in North End. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123628-372)

GROWING ON YOU Lee Martin, Kev Watts, Lee Maloney, Rob Simmons, Bradley Smith and Jane Watts from Cash Converters in North End. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123628-372)

 

THESE men are doing a fan-tache-tic job of raising money and awareness of different types of cancers.

Seven workers at the Cash Converters store, in London Road, North End, are all busy growing and grooming moustaches.

The idea to take part in Movember – where men grow a moustache throughout the month of November – came from Rob Simmons.

The 26-year-old said: ‘Rather than just doing it for men’s cancers, I wanted to raise awareness of all cancers.

‘We all know people that have been affected by it and what it can do to a person and their family.

‘I told the guys at work, and they decided to support me as well.’

During Movember men are encouraged to shave off facial hair and grow a moustache from scratch.

‘I don’t have any problems growing a moustache, and it seems to be coming along alright,’ added Rob.

‘Some of the other guys have patchy ones though, and they look quite funny.’

In a twist an eighth person is also taking part in Movember – sales manager Jan Watts.

Raising awareness of cancers is a subject close to the 52-year-old’s heart after losing her mother, father, brother and aunt to the disease.

Each day Jane has been wearing a different hat or wig to show her support for the cause.

She said: ‘My mum May Grofton died in May this year aged 84.

‘She was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which spread to the breast and eventually her brain.

‘I lost my dad Ernest, also aged 84, a few years ago because of stomach cancer.

‘My brother David died of leukaemia.

‘Cancer is a devastating thing.

‘It’s one those that when you hear the word you think it’s horrible and there’s nothing you can do.

‘It’s terrible to see your loved ones deteriorate so fast – it’s an awful thing to see.’

To help raise money for Cancer Research UK, staff are selling packs of moustaches for £2 at the store.

There are also sponsorship forms to help with the fundraising.

 

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