FRIENDS may have thought they were potty.
But this group of snooker-playing mates raised more than £1,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice by growing their sideburns.
Around a dozen charitable lads, who are regulars at Hartlepool Steelworks Club, in Westbourne Road, raised a smile and an impressive amount of money by letting their sideburns grow for about two months.
In total they raised a grand total of £1,074 for the hospice in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool.
One of the participants, Dwane Douglas, 49, said: “Last year all the snooker lads grew moustaches for the Hartlepool Over 50s and Disabled Snooker League called Tache for Cash.
“This year we decided we would all grow our sideburns and give the money to the hospice.
“It was good banter with all the lads.
“People donated money every week and we weren’t allowed to shave or you would be fined and things like that.
“It was a real team effort and we are really pleased with how much we raised for the hospice.”
Dwane, who has also raised thousands of pounds in memory of local people over the years, will present the proceeds from the fundraiser to hospice staff soon.
It will help to fund a range of care services for people with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families.
The hospice relies on donations from people like the South Durham Social Club snooker players.
It needs to raise £4,877 every single day through voluntary contributions to make sure service users get the right care, when and where they need it.
There are many ways you can help raise money for the hospice including getting involved in an event or organise your own challenge.
You can also join the hospice lottery, shop in its charity shops, leave a gift in your will or simply make a one-off donation.
For further information about you can support the hospice call (01429) 855555.