On your marks, get set, grow!

Movember may have only just begun – but two close friends have been growing their ’tache for cash for over two months.

Thursday, 7th November 2013, 10:10 am
BEFORE AND AFTER: Shaun Garvey's progression over the past 10 weeks, as he drives up funds for charity (S)

Having both shared their desire to grow and groom a beard, Shaun Garvey and Ryan Monk decided to set out on a hairy challenge for Pendleside Hospice and other local charities.

With Ryan, originally from Colne, travelling in Australia, and with Shaun living in Briercliffe, the pair began to share their progress over various sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

They received so much response that many of their friends from Pendle and Burnley have also pledged to join in with the fan-tash-tic fund-raiser by growing a beard themselves. And others, including a group of girl friends, are also getting on board by helping to drive up funds.

Their “Bearded Brotherhood” Facebook page has received around 400 likes, and they have been shown support on both a national and international scale.

HGV driver and former Colne Park High School student Shaun (28), of Cobden Street, said: “We didn’t know it would take off like this.

“There are going to be a lot of beards everywhere - all for a good cause. I have never done anything on this scale. I never ever though that I would have to shower and then get a hairdryer on my beard.”

The efforts of “The Bearded Brotherhood” are set to culminate at a massive Shave Off event at The Venue, in Colne, on December 27th. Ryan, a former Colne Primet High School student, will be returning to his hometown in time for the celebrations on December 23rd.

If either of the duo decide that they want to keep their beard, then they will be making a donation of £200 to the hospice.

Father-of-one Shaun added: “I was looking forward to seeing Ryan before, but now I can’t wait!”

Fund-raiser at Pendleside Hospice Vikki Haydock said: “It’s great to see so many people getting behind this event and growing their beards to raise money for Pendleside. The money that the beard growers raise will really help us continue to provide care for the people of Burnley and Pendle. We really appreciate them sacrificing their appearance over Christmas for us!”

For more information visit www.facebook.com/getyourbeardoutforthelads and to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/teams/beardedbrotherhood