It’s mo mean achievement

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TACHE-TASTIC fundraisers from Hartlepool have helped a company to win a national award.

Workers at the builders merchants firm Keyline spent a month growing moustaches to raise money for The Prostate cancer Charity.

It was one of the charity initiatives that helped the company to win national recognition at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards for its partnership with the charity.

Keyline was joined by 55 other organisations on the shortlist for the awards, which recognise the charitable contributions of corporate Britain.

Keyline received two nominations for best Charity Partnership – Long Term and Best UK Project. It won Best UK Project and was highly commended for their partnership with the charity.

Branch manager Steven Rodgerson said: “The recognition of the National Award for Keyline identifies the hard work and belief delivered by our colleagues, their friends and family.

“I’m very proud of the efforts the team here in Hartlepool went to. Through the determination and the support we have received from our customers and suppliers, we have been able to increase the awareness of the health issues surrounding Prostate Cancer and generated funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity.” Keyline, part of the Travis Perkins Group, entered into a two-year national partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity in November 2009. Initially the company pledged a target of £25,000 for 2010, having previously only ever raised £5,000 for charity. However, in the first year alone, Keyline raised in excess of £145,000.

Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “We’re over the moon that our partnership with Keyline has been recognised at these prestigious awards. Keyline works with thousands of national contractors and local tradesmen throughout the UK, giving us an incredibly valuable platform to reach more men to tell them about prostate cancer. Their support for the cause has been phenomenal so we’re delighted that they have won.”

Keyline’s other sponsored events have included staff doing triathlons, skydives, sponsored walks, fundraising days, the Monte Carlo rally, climbing Ben Nevis, bike rides, and sponsored diets.

They have also held World Cup sweepstakes, poker nights, and a guess how many sweets competition.”

Managing director Andrew Harrison said: “Our 2011 target stands at £175,000 for The Prostrate Cancer Charity – it’s no mean feat, but if last year’s passion for fundraising is anything to go by, I don’t doubt that together we’ll smash through it.”