THEY may have had to stay away from a razor for a full month, but the fundraising efforts of 50 Hartlepool men were certainly worthwhile.
Fuzzy February was a fundraising first for Hartlepool & District Hospice and proved to be a massive hit for the charity, raising more than £5.500.
And that figure may still rise even more as sponsorship cash still trickles in.
The hospice challenged supporters in the town to grow a beard throughout the month of February and got a great response from razor sharp fundraisers keen to help out.
As well as members of the public and a number of hospice staff, several local companies joined the campaign including MKM Building Supplies and TMD Friction.
The event was also supported by Rob Hoskins of R.K. Consultancy, who works closely with hospice fundraisers to organise the annual golf competition, held at Wynyard Golf Club.
Rob recruited many of the participants in Fuzzy February and also organised a party to mark the close of the campaign, also at the golf club, complete with a meal, quiz, karaoke and disco.
Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said: “Fuzzy February was a great success and I’d like to thank Rob, The Wynyard Club and everyone else who took part for raising such an incredible amount of money for our patient care services.”
The total amount raised for the hospice in the campaign included £1,975 donated by the senior management team at TMD Friction.
Malcolm Scott, TMD’s UK management director, said: “TMD Hartlepool have supported Hartlepool & District Hospice since 2004 and we are members of the Guild of Patrons.
“As it’s our 10th anniversary we decided to do something different and take part in Fuzzy February to have a bit of fun and help raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause, so it was beards all round.
“What started as a thought that we could raise a little bit of money for the hospice turned into something quite special and somewhat obsessive.
“The money that came in made the beard itching seem worthwhile. We were overwhelmed by all the support from employees, customers and suppliers and our total amount raised was just under £2,000.”
Greg added: “TMD have done an absolutely tremendous job, raising over a third of the total to date and I would like to extend my congratulations to the eight men from the firm who took part.
“We will be looking forward to re-launching Fuzzy February again in 2015 and to making it another great success.”
For information about the charity’s upcoming events and campaigns visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.