STAFF at an Arbroath architect’s studio have been sporting some dubious looks for charity this month.
Four of the Voigt Partnership’s architects grew moustaches for Movember to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer.
Jonathan Reeve, Kenny Falconer, Robert Burness and Lee Miller, stopped shaving on November 1 and when the Herald caught up with them on Wednesday they had raised an impressive over £1,000.
Architect Jonathan said: “We now have got £1,025 after a few very generous donations just received this afternoon, and are hoping to get up to £1,500 after collecting all the ‘promised pledges’ from various people who won’t pay until we reach the end of the month!”
According to Kenny their moustachioed adventure began as a bit of a joke. He said: “Initially we wanted to go for it to see what happened, we signed up online and then decided to raise some funds.”
“There are a lot of people who grow moustaches for Movember but aren’t involved in the fund-raising and are just doing it for fun,” added Jonathan.
The rules for Movember are very strict. Participants must be clean shaven on November 1, they must keep the moustache for the full 30 days, mutton chops are allowed, but the full Grizzly Adams look is out.
The four colleagues have had an interesting month, to say the least, with a fair few laughs along the way. Jonathan explained: “One of the contractors who was in painting the railings black came in and offered to paint us a couple of decent moustaches!
“The first two weeks we got some looks, people weren’t sure if we were doing Movember or not, or if we’d just forgotten to shave!”
Robert had his own ‘close shave’ when he was firmly instructed by his other half to stay out of their daughter’s birthday party pictures, but he eventually managed to inveigle his way in.
He said: “As a wind up I keep dropping it into conversation that I might keep it. But I will be looking forward to shaving it off, even if I don’t like admitting it.”
But for Lee, his ‘tache’ received a welcome compliment, or so he hopes! He explained: “My mum said I looked like Freddie Mercury. I took it on board as a compliment because he was a great guy.”
There is one person who definitely will not miss the facial fuzz. Jonathan said: “My wife is waiting with a razor blade for midnight on Friday. She hates it! That’s part of the fun though, the wind up!”
Anybody interested in adding to the money raised by the Voigt Partnership in support of Movember and prostate cancer awareness can visit http://uk.movember.com/team/552221