Cocktail stick trick is the decider in battle of the taches

Lockheed Movember fundraiser, with winner Christopher Tree wearing winner's T-shirt

Lockheed Movember fundraiser, with winner Christopher Tree wearing winner's T-shirt

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Ten workmates have raised nearly £2,000 by growing and grooming their moustaches for a men’s health charity.

The employees from Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site developed the taches during a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for global men’s health charity The Movember Foundation.

Lockheed Martin tache winner Christopher Tree.

Lockheed Martin tache winner Christopher Tree.

Their £1,961.60 total was reached by individual fundraising, collection boxes around the site, and a £500 donation from the organisation.

A presentation was held on Monday, November 30, to mark the success of the fundraising efforts and award a special prize for the most magnificent moustache. Judge and occupational health nurse Libby Hassanali used cocktail sticks to help her decide on a winner – with the victor, systems engineering manager Christopher Tree, managing to keep hold of three of them deep in the growth.

Christopher said: “I’d thought about taking part in Movember for years but this time I thought enough excuses had been made and it was time to grow the mo.

“I’ve had several friends who have had cancer, which if it had been caught earlier would not have been such an issue, and I think that’s the strength of Movember – not only does it raise money, but our moustaches turn us into walking talking billboards to advertise and raise awareness of men’s health.

“I’m delighted that my mo has been judged to be the most luxuriant, but credit needs to go to everyone who took part, and everyone who supported us and donated so generously.”

Movember is one of a number of fundraising activities that the 900+ employees at the Ampthill site participate in throughout the year, supporting local and national charities.