IT’S the day that many men growing moustaches have been waiting for.
Throughout the month men across the area have been taking part in Movember – where they are encouraged to grow a tache to raise awareness of male cancers.
And today is the day they can finally shave it off.
But Tom Kelly, pharmacy technician at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, is thinking of keeping his.
The 27-year-old has been joined by 14 other staff members, made up of pharmacists, doctors and nurses, called QA Fuzz.
Tom said: ‘We have quite a few females in the department, so do a lot to raise awareness of women’s causes.
‘So a group of us decided to grow moustaches and raise awareness of men’s cancers.
‘A lot of the guys will be shaving their taches off tonight or tomorrow, but I think I’ll be keeping mine.
‘My wife isn’t too impressed.
‘But it’s got past the itchy stage and I quite like it.’
The team took part last year and raised £2,000.
Money raised for Movember goes to various cancer charities that research and support families.
‘As we did it last year, we only set a target of £500 this time,’ added Tom.
‘But people have helped us raise £1,000, and we’re still getting money in.
‘We all felt it was important to get involved to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, especially as we work in the NHS.
‘We have arranged a variety of events including a raffle, a dress-down day, plus a live band night at the end of November at the Eastney Cellars.’
To sponsor the team, go to uk.movember.com and search Q.A. Fuzz.
Meanwhile, later this evening Hayling Island barber Mark Griffiths, will be hosting a ‘shave off’, at the Conservative Club, Emsworth Road, Havant, from 8pm.
Members of the Havant Lions Club and friends that have been taking part in Movember will say goodbye to their moustaches at the event.
A team total of money raised will also be revealed.