A clever idea to boost this year’s Movember campaign and our Beat It appeal lead to some multi coloured taches at the Thurston Fox and Hounds on Friday night.
The BFP team members Russell Claydon and Sam Murley had their taches dyed their favourite football colours while landlord Bernie Ruffles, who thought of the idea, had his dyed red, white and blue.
During the evening scaffolder Mike Abrahams from Bury St Edmunds was enjoying a Christmas dinner with his girfriend and her family and he and Richard Frost joined the fun both donating £50 towards the final total of £430.
Mike said: “There was a lovely atmosphere in the pub, we had a lovely meal and just decided to join in and get our moustaches dyed.
Derek Bish and Ben Carmichael from the Bury Free Press also took part in Movember and the four are hoping to have raised more than £860 for our appeal.
Meanwhile the IT team at West Suffolk Hospital have raised more than £3,500 which will be shared between Beat It and Movember.
The team organised a series of fund raising activities during the month including a charity night at The Gym in Bury.
Chris Lockwood, web content manager, who spearheaded the campaign, said: “We would like to thank every single person who supported and donated over the last month. We had hoped to raise £2,000 for two fantastic charities. To raise double that has been a wonderful surprise.”
Dave Gooderham, fund-raising manager, said: “From coloured ‘taches to cycling through the night, the dedication and enthusiasm has been nothing short of outstanding. We hope to reach our campaign total by Christmas and that is down to the wonderful support we have received from the West Suffolk community throughout 2013.”