Stopfordians’ Hirsutism Reaps Rewards

Team Tashtastic, St Ann's Hospice
Team Tashtastic, after raising a Cashtastic £2,016. Photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd

A group of big hearted Stockport residents have raised over £2,000 for St. Ann’s Hospice, following a mass moustache growing challenge. The team of hirsute employees were led by Malcolm Goodwin (41), a Daw Bank depot driver, whose mother has worked at the hospice for 30 years.

For a month, each volunteer removed their beards, moustaches and stubble, and abstained from shaving. Despite the questionable facial hairstyles and good natured jibes from colleagues, Team Tashtastic completed the challenge, raising £2,016 to date.

Malcolm commented: “The challenge was great fun and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who participated in the fundraising activity or who donated to the cause.

“By the end of the month I think we were all glad to re-acquaint ourselves with our razors. However, all the discomfort and jokes were worth it, as we managed to raise a fantastic total for a cause that is very close to the hearts of local people.

“My mother worked at St Ann’s for three decades, firstly as a nurse and now as a resident counselor, while the team at the Heald Green site also cared for my Grandad in the last weeks of his life. I know from personal experience how the money with benefit the hospice and its residents.”

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, commented: “I’d like to congratulate the Stockport depot’s ‘Tashtastic’ team on its success and also thank all of the participants for making us smile with their unusual facial hair styles during the challenge.

“We hope that the money raised will go some way to helping the organisation continue its fantastic work in the local community and we look forward to undertaking even more creative fundraising activity for St Ann’s.”

Joel Oxberry, corporate fundraiser at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone at Stagecoach Manchester for their amazing fundraising efforts, in particular Malcolm for arranging the ‘Tashtastic’ event.

“Like so many organisations, St Ann’s is feeling the impact of these challenging economic times, so the support and generosity of local businesses and communities is more important to us than ever.”

St. Ann’s Hospice has three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and Wythenshawe. They care for patients with cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. Around 400 members of staff are supported by over 800 volunteers, caring for patients at the three centres and within people’s homes.

S.V., 07 March 2013.

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