Bit on the side for hospice

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WEAR your sideburns with pride!

That is the message from Hartlepool and District Hospice, which is encouraging men to get behind their latest campaign and grow their sideburns for a month.

Hospice staff are calling on charity-champions throughout the town to grow the largest and most flamboyant sideburns and collect sponsor money for their efforts.

People are being urged to join the hospice’s Bit on the Side campaign, which will be taking place throughout April.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, has encouraged men to “let it grow” and do their bit for the cause.

He told the Mail: “This is the chance for all men out there to do something fun and easy to raise money the hospice.

“I’d like to see as many chaps as possible out there get involved and wear their sideburns with pride.”

The latest hospice campaign is the third of its kind after Moustachtic Month in 2009 and Let It Beard last year.

Those two events raised £8,500 for the Wells Avenue-based charity.

Greg donned the facial hair for both of those campaigns and said if Bit on the Side is as successful as either of the previous fundraisers, it will prove a very good month for the hospice.

“These events have raised large sums of money for the hospice over the last few years,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to this one, I think it will prove very popular and it’s a bit of fun which men can simply get involved with.”

Men who are interested in letting their sideburns grow for the cause can already collect a sponsorship pack.

And with over a month to go before the campaign kicks off, fundraisers can start to build up their sponsorship money now.

Tracy Woodall, chief executive of the hospice, said: “We provide a wide range of vital and unique services and the fundraising efforts of our local communities contribute greatly to the continuing success of the hospice.

“I would like to thank everyone in advance for getting involved with another fun and enjoyable campaign.”

Men interested in getting involved in Bit on the Side can register with the hospice by calling (01429) 855529 or visiting