THE former chairman of Hartlepool’s Round Table is aiming for a tashtastic November – although he admits he hasn’t yet got the backing of his loved ones.
Graeme Smith, 41, decided that this was going to be the year when he signed up for Movember, the global campaign which sees moustaches sprout on the faces of thousands of men to raise awareness of men’s health.
Graeme, who is married to Amanda, 35, and is a dad of Hannah, 10, has been clean-shaven all of his life, so he admits it’s quite bizarre to see his tash growing – and he’s only 10 days into his challenge.
And he isn’t the only one who’s finding the facial hair quite difficult to get used to.
“Amanda and Hannah don’t like it at all, they’re counting down until the end of November,” he laughed.
“But they know it’s for good causes and they have sponsored me.”
Graeme is joined in his tash-growing exploits by his friend and neighbour Jeremy Williams.
Neither have an exact target of how much they want to raise, but know their sponsorships will help to boost awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.
A staggering £184m has been raised through the campaign worldwide since it was launched in 2004.
Graeme, a harbour pilot who lives on Bishop Cuthbert estate in Hartlepool, is no stranger to fundraising.
Earlier this year he completed 12 months without a drop of alcohol, a feat which resulted in £6,000 being donated to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
And during his year as chair of the Hartlepool Round Table he also helped to raise thousands of pounds for local charities, must of which was raised through the popular annual beer festival.
“This is something a bit different and I’ve never done it before,” he said.
“I was down in London with the family and I saw posters advertising it so I thought I would give it a go.”
l To give your support to Graeme in his fundraising Movember challenge visit www.movember.com/uk/donate/payment/member_id/3831769.