FOOTBALLERS gained some facial fuzz in ‘Movember’ all in a good cause.
Members of Stacksteads St Joseph’s Football Club took part in the Macmillan Movember challenge by growing moustaches.
In sponsorship alone the 11 members including players and first team manager Wayne Nuttall, reserve team manager Martin Taylor and chairman Dave Tomlinson, have raised more than £530 already.
Added to this will be money that has been collected in several buckets at the Farholme Tavern, in Stacksteads, where the team hold meetings, and at JJO, in Bacup, where Dave is transport manager. The company’s retail arm Rossendale Interiors also sponsors the football team.
Wayne said: “Cancer is something that has affected the families of quite a lot of the players. We did this before a couple of years ago at St Joeys but more took part this time and so we were able to raise more money.
“We have done a lot in the past year to promote the club and do our bit for charity. Fortunately most of us are not bothered what we look like so we were fine with growing a moustache.
“I decided if I was going to do it I was going to make mine a bit different; my fiancée was glad when I could finally get rid of it.
“My son does modelling and I had to explain to people that this was not my normal look. It worked though because many donated.
“I also kept posting my moustache’s progress on Facebook and guilt tripping people into helping me to raise even more.”
The team went for a celebration night out to mark getting to the end of the month and at the venue, The Artisan n in Rawtenstall, owner Danny Solazzo generously donated to the charity.
Wayne added: “The team spirit has to be there or you don’t win anything. Fortunately the team spirit is also good off the pitch.”
Hannah Richmond, local fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “With the number of people living with cancer expected to double by 2030, we’re extremely grateful to everyone at Stacksteads St Joseph’s for their support.
“The money they have raised will make such a big difference to people affected by cancer when they need us the most.”
Anyone wanting to know how they can get involved with Macmillan through fundraising or volunteering contact Hannah on 07809 554 958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org